Scott McClatchy: Redemption
Philadelphia-bred, but now NYC-based, Scott McClatchy melds a rustic twanginess with a blue-collar sensibility. It's no surprise then that fellow urban troubadours Willie Nile, Scott Kempner and the legendary Dion join him on a version of The Band's The Weight.
McClatchy displays a gift for dealing with weighty issues without being heavy-handed. He weaves a Byrdsian guitar line through the title track, a song in which he questions sin and redemption. "The Reason" and "The Legend" provide poignant looks at a troubled relationship and an over-the-hill performer, respectively. "My Family's Land" and "Goodnight Bobby", meanwhile, are two moving story-songs chronicling hardscrabble, rural American life. McClatchy concludes his fine second solo album on a rousing note with a rendition of the Del Lords' anthematic "Heaven".
Scott McClatchy - Redemption - 2002 - Lib Recordings 0201