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Joe Val – Diamond Joe (1995)

Posted by on December 30, 2015 with No Commentsas

For over 25 years, Joe Val was, in the words of Peter Rowan, the voice of bluegrass in New England. It didn’t matter that he was a short, skinny Italian (his last name was really Valiante) from a blue-collar Boston suburb, nor did it matter that his renditions of Bill Monroe and Jimmie Rodgers standards were often tinted by a decidedly Yankee inflection. On-stage he was an unassuming, bespectacled, quietly smiling presence until he opened his mouth to sing, at which point he filled the entire hall. His high tenor voice had the clarity and heft of a ten-pound icicle, and no less an authority than Del McCoury is on the record expressing wonderment at its power.

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