Skip Heller

St. Christopher's Arms

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This is the album Heller has been wanting to make from the very start. In spite of his adventures into many musical genres, his hard-driving guitar style and the lyrical content of his material are best displayed as C&W songs. Even his vocals seem to demand the shuffle and twang emotion of country music. As a producer he shines. The musicianship is virtually flawless, a characteristic of Heller's style throughout his recording career. With the help of Katty Moffatt, Ray Campi and D.J. Bonebrake, Heller removes any doubt as to his affiliation to C&W music. As well as the haunting title track, Heller's duet with Moffatt on Dave Alvin's donation, "Longer Than I Thought" and Moffatt's composition of "Crazy, Dangerous and Blue" are exceptional. Heller also performs a wonderful version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Ol' Buttermilk Sky" to perfection. With 13 tracks, there is something here for everybody. But, mostly Heller gives his listener an honest dose of country and western music.

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