Friday, November 28, 2008

Your Daily Lick: Hang Jones

The Ballad of Carlsbad County (self-released)

By Nate Seltenrich
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Hang Jones' album-length ballad about outlaw William Bishop, broken down into twelve chapters, is about as close as you'll get to a folk opera. Storytelling takes a front seat in this 45-minute ride from the "Mexico Line" to "Hangman's Noose" (though he ends up "Alive"), as mandolin, upright bass, and fiddle keep things moving along nicely.

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