Joe Goldmark

All Hat No Cattle

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In a continually entertaining series of instrumental pedal steel recordings, Goldmark takes on originals as well as obscure and familiar cover songs-from Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" and Fastball's "The Way" to the Mexican standard "Sabor A Mi"-in his inimitably fluid and understated style. Goldmark includes informational and personal cover notes to support each selection; like a musical education and listening experience rolled into one! For example, Goldmark notes in the brief on his original, "Highlife," West African Highlife music often relies on pedal steel. Who knew? Aided by a collection of crack musicians whose nuanced and tasteful solos add flavor all the while, Goldmark captures the spirit of varied forms in very American fashion.

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