March 2003

"Steeped in the spirit of the blues, Phelps' voice is rich and raw, with liberal doses of Nebraska Springsteen and even, occasionally, Tom Waits. Bongos and strings join the mix, giving it a drive and adding delicate accents. Instrumentally, the CD is full of such understated touches… Frisell plays in such a way to draw just enough attention to his beautiful style while still keeping his ear trained on Phelps' skewed snapshots of characters. A subtle and engaging disc.