Michelle Shocked : Arkansas Traveler
Part three of the trilogy that began with
Short Sharp Shocked,
Arkansas Traveler focuses this time on
American roots music of the South, mainly rural-blues and country; according to her theory in the
album's liner notes, all of these songs are based on the legacy of blackface minstrels. Recorded with a
mobile studio at various non-conventional locations around the country, it features an amazing array of
guest musicians including Pops Staples, Doc Watson, and Gatemouth Brown. Those who were put off by
the unexpected direction of Captain Swing will certainly welcome this return to form -- her best since
Short Sharp Shocked.
Levon Helm and Garth Hudson backs Michelle on track 3, "Secret to a Long Life."
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)
Michelle Shocked - Arkansas Traveler - 58:47 - 1991 - Mercury 314-512101-2
AMG Rating: 7 (out of 9)