Various Artists - More Miles Than Money (4 stars)

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Various Artists - More Miles Than Money

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Calling one CD ‘Tequila Slammers’, the other ‘Distilled Moonshine’, Garth Cartwright coolly sums up the gutsy music captured in these 38 tracks designed to complement his tremendous book More Miles Than Money (Serpent’s Tail).

Some is the music of those he met on his Kerouac-inspired journey following offbeat tracks to bars and festivals, Indian reserves and even nursing homes. The rest is what he heard along the way, a thrilling alternative soundtrack to that of mainstream USA.
From Bessie Smith and Sonny Boy Williamson, Marlena Shaw to Hound Dog Taylor, this is a cracking mix of original voices and crazy rhythms with everyone’s story in the cover booklet.

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