Michael Hakanson-Stacy's fifth CD since 1993 introduces another instrument into his acoustic, stringed arsenal. In addition to his usual dobros, mandolin and resonator guitars, Hakanson-Stacy has taken up the Weissenborn guitar: a model that Ben Harper has also endorsed, particularly on his 1994 debut Welcome to the Cruel World. Aside from that subtle supplementation, Hakanson-Stacy has steadfastly remained true to his calling of forwarding acoustic based blues, folk and gospel music. His songwriting is solidly grounded in the traditional style, so aside from the fortuitous modern references there is little to differentiate his songwriting with that of his mentors like Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Willie Johnson. That is a testament to both his integrity and his desire to exact justice to the style of music that he's adopted as his own. With each ensuing release, Michael Hakanson-Stacy is strengthening his legacy, and in the tradition of many great artists, he may not be fully appreciated until future musicologists unearth his impressive body of work.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger