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I Wish I Was A Cowboy Again – Angelina –
Mountain Home – Waltzing Forever – Quiet River – Forgiveness Waltz –
Soldier’s Prayer – Soft Southern Nights – Amanda – After The Battle Of
Aughrum – River Of My Soul – Stars Of The Western Sky – Smile For Me –
Time Is A Thief – Song Of The Old St. Johns
     We suffer a great deal in today’s music because of
lack of loyalty to the genre.  Doesn’t matter what genre of music you
are interested in or like, today’s corporate music world desperately
‘mixes’ genres in an attempt to sell more product. What it really
creates is a non-genre kind of music that is pretty much a dead sounding
pap force fed to radio listeners who have no choice in what they hear. 
     It was such a pleasant experience to hear the
Wallers at an acoustic music festival near Sarasota, Florida.  Loyalty
to the genre is very obvious and apparent in their presentations, and
their recordings are even better.  Music maker Joe Waller is also the
writer and composer on all but two songs on this brand new CD.  Why do I
say ‘loyalty to the genre?’  It’s because this ‘kind’ of music is
rapidly disappearing from America’s folk scene.  True creativity has to
come from true purpose, and that is exactly what Joe Waller does with
this CD.  His writing is refreshing and his musical tunes reflect
another time, but well adapted to today’s world.  Imagery is so very
important in music to be a truly ‘creative’ process, and I am so glad I
have had the opportunity to hear Joe Waller open his mind to the imagery
that he safely retains there. 
     It should also be noted that Joe Waller is married to a
very delicate and fine-tuned violinist who makes the fiddle sound great
on all of his compositions (“Waltzing Forever” safely establishes Katie
Waller as one fine violinist-fiddler).  Together, as a duo, they are
the perfect presenters of ‘fine’ folk music.  In the studio, with the
capable assistance of the Morse Family (the frailing banjo of Matthew is
super near-perfect), this recording has all the elements that make a CD
worth listening to.  Soft, gentle, forceful in lyrics, the epitome of
what anyone who appreciates good down-home acoustic music expects, and
the Jackson Creek String Band delivers.
     Joe Waller plays a nice acoustic rhythm guitar; wife
Katie plays the smooth and very listenable fiddle; Dawn Morse on bass
and some harmony vocals; Leah Morse adding fiddle accompaniment and
harmony; Aaron Morse on mandolin, and as previously mentioned Matthew
Morse on banjo.
     Trying to pick a ‘favorite’ song on CD’s I review has
become an increasingly difficult task when so much of a CD is well
produced, the mix is as it should be, the final production just as the
creators wish it to be.  Still, I think “I Wish I Was A Cowboy Again” is
a super story song full of meaning and fulfillment.  So there it is,
I’m a cowboy too.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

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  1. Hi Jackson Creek String Band. Will you be playing at the Spring Fling in Barberville this coming weekend. If so what times are you performing and on which day and on which stage. Randy Raiman

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