Album Review:: Meg Baird "Dear Companion"

If you’ve been following the latest trend in folk music or how it’s been labeled things like: Avant- Folk, Psych-Folk, Anti-folk, Neo-Folk, – then it appears that things are getting way to complicated – and a return to a simple more traditional folk is in order. The Espers’ Meg Baird brings you that with her debut LP “Dear Companion” (Drag City). Her songwriting is genuine, her peformance is timeless – just her voice (sometimes double tracked) and acoustic guitar along with occasional dulcimer. The LP is a fine blend of Baird’s own compositions as well choice covers from the likes of Jimmy Webb, Fraser & Debolt and The New Riders of The Purple Sage (the beautiful “All I Ever Wanted”). My choice cuts are: “Dear Companion”, “Do What Ya Gotta Do”, “The Waltz Of The Tennis Players”, “All I Ever Wanted”. 11 tracks in all – a simple return to classic folk.
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