Jean Ritchie

None But One

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Jean Ritchie and her husband George Pickow launched their own Greenhays label with None But One, her first album in six years, which went on to win a Rolling Stone Critics Award. The album has held up magnificently across 30-plus years, successfully straddling the gap between Ritchie's authentic folk tradition roots and the requirements of the music marketplace circa 1977 -- about seven decades of seemingly contradictory musical influences converge here, amid tunes that are better known to modern listeners in the hands of Bob Dylan (who turned "Fair Nottamun Town" into "Masters of War") et al. And among the VIP guests on this album, contributing so unobtrusively, are Mary Travers ("Flowers of Joy"), Oscar Brand ("The Riddle Song"), Janis Ian ("The Orphan's Lament"), Susan Reed ("Wondrous Love"), and Claire Bey ("The Orphan's Lament"), as well as her own sons Peter Pickow and Jon Pickow. The influences, from American country music to English folk music, all get beautifully bound together, without a false note sung or struck.

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