Shane Jackman

Rhythm of the Land

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It is likely that Jackman steps aside from standard rock songs and high-voltage guitar because he is bound to eliminate genre borders. Just as rock had to split into the new "alternative" category in the early '90s, folk may see a formal division into traditional and contemporary sounds. It is unfair to drop Jackman in the same grouping as John Denver or James Taylor, names familiar to folk music lovers. His style is more bluesy and his voice is deep and rich. But his music does resemble their acoustic pop with slices of harmonica, much like Peter Breinholt, Nancy Hanson, and Ryan Shupe. It is with this contemporary folk sound that Jackman digs into the past and present of the West. He puts everything to music, even the sagebrush and tumbleweeds. The result is a picture of wide open spaces and an endless imagination. The heart of the album is the middle, with sincere tracks like "Last Blue Mile," "Ordinary Man," and "Rhythm of the Land."

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