CHUCK RAGAN: Los Feliz: CD

If you are looking for partying music, this CD cannot help you (though it is probably the best late night bonfire music that you could find right now). The songs are extremely emotional and I found myself feeling quite dark when listening to it (the bad kind of dark, not the fun kind where I’m pissed and screaming lyrics about killing stuff). I started thinking about all my problems and, though it brought calmness over my house, I don’t think I will be listening to it on long drives home or lonely nights. Most of the songs are a bit depressing, but don’t misunderstand, I don’t hate this album. I have a relish for the live recording with bluegrass/blues entangled with a rustic voice that I can’t help but relate to the glory days of Hot Water Music, and I think Jon Gaunt on fiddle and Ted Hutt on mandolin was refreshing like a 6AM Mountain Dew. All I’m saying is that I’m glad it’s in my music collection, but I just need to be in a certain mood to listen to it. C. Marie

 –guest (Side One Dummy)