2001, September / The I-10 Chronicles
Volume 2 - One More for the Road
If your tastes range wide, then you'll enjoy "I-10 2." Dave Alvin kicks off this album with a real barn burner, playing a hard version of "I Am A Lonesome Fugitive" - searing guitar accompanying a kicking drum and deep, fatalistic vocals that make you wish the guy would veer away just for a little while from the acoustic/light blues flavor that permeates his solo work these days. Other highlights include Garrison Starr's stray-dog take on Steve Forbert and Mr. Forbert's shaggy-dog take on Bob Dylan; a nice take on a late-era John Hiatt classic ("Crossing Muddy Waters") by Adam Durwitz; and Amy Correia's wonderful mash-up of "Gasoline Alley" and "It's All Over Now." Other highlights The Blind Boys of Alabama's take on "Just Wanna See His Face" and Bobby Bare Jr.'s homage to Neil Young's innocent "Sugar Mountain." There's even room for a little off-the-wall modernism, courtesy of Jim White's "Handcuffed...." Life on the road can be wearying, but listening to this road-themed collection is not, so long as you have an open ear.
By Billy Austin