The I-10 Chronicles

The I-10 Chronicles, Vol. 2: One More for the Road

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As was true of its predecessor, the various artists album The I-10 Chronicles, Vol. 2: One More for the Road uses as its organizing principle (or as its conceit) the concept of a road trip along an interstate highway that runs through the southern regions of the United States, from California to Florida. But like the first volume, this one isn't as strict about geography as it is about musical styles. Massachusetts-born newcomer Amy Correia, for example, performs a medley of Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley" and "It's All Over Now," best-known for its rendition by the Rolling Stones, while Bobby Bare, Jr. covers Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain." What do such singers and selections have to do with the American South and Southwest? The performances share a musical sensibility, a country-folk/rock/blues hybrid that mixes acoustic instruments such as guitar, accordion, and mandolin with aggressive, electric rhythm sections and rough-hewn vocals. Call it roots rock or Americana, but it is a style that hangs together whether Dave Alvin is resurrecting the Bakersfield sound on "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," former "new Bob Dylan" Steve Forbert is covering Dylan's "Watchin' the River Flow," or the Blind Boys of Alabama are singing the Stones' "Just Wanna See His Face." Tracks by Raul Malo of the Mavericks and by Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, formerly of the Desert Rose Band, may lean a bit more toward country, while John Hammond leans more to Delta blues, but there is a consistency of approach on these tracks. It does derive from an area just above the Mexican border and below the Mason-Dixon Line, even if the actual performers and songwriters come from elsewhere.

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