Maybe it’s just me, but in the years following Jack Rose’s passing, it felt like American Primitive guitarists took a moment not only to grieve but also to wonder what this music meant going forward. It was never lost, just needed time to regroup and, boy, has 2013 been overwhelming in the best possible way.
Over at NPR Music, I’ve written about 5 current releases that celebrate and extend American Primitive music, but you and I both know that’s limiting. Here is a list of 36 notable LPs, tapes and digital-only albums by artists that would’ve made Jack Rose grin ear to ear, with a few reissues to dig into.
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