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This new record will only burnish his status. It contains eight new original story-song gems, a sweet cover of Bill Caswell’s classic ode to a tractor, “Sweet Allis Chalmers” and a sultry take on John Hadley’s “High Heel Shoes”). His band includes a number of top-notch instrumentalists, many of whom he has recorded with for decades including sideman Fats Kaplin on fiddle, pedal steel, button accordion, tenor banjo and mandolin, Harry Stinson on drums, and Glen Worf on upright and electric bass. Legendary studio musician Jim Hoke’s contributions on a variety of brass and woodwinds instruments are also noteworthy. For example, when he lets loose on the aforementioned “Blue Lonesome”, he turns what could be a bitter lament into an exultation of sadness and transforms the blues into something more funky and physical.