Various Artists - The Folk Scene Collection, Volume 2
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The Folk Scene Collection, Volume 2 (Red House, 1999)

Various Artists

Reviewed by Rachel Leibrock

Digging deeper into the vaults that produced 1998's first Folk Scene collection, this showcases a fine selection of artists culled from Los Angeles radio station KPFK's legendary Folk Scene show. The 13 tracks feature live-on-the-air performances old and new from the likes of Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Vince Gill.

Hosted since 1970 by the husband-and-wife team of Howard and Roz Larman, Folk Scene has long been revered as a radio haven for not just folk music but country, pop and rock as well. Over the years everyone from Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Rosanne Cash to Richard Thompson, Iris DeMent and The Blasters have graced its airwaves.

Standout tracks on this latest compilation include, from 1975, Waits' laconic execution of "The Heart of Saturday Night," and from 1978, Vince Gill's sweet rendering of "Good Woman's Love." Lucinda Williams' sultry "Little Angel, Little Brother" sticks to the soul like a hot Southern night while Chris Hillman's rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" is coolly pretty. The real gem, however - the reason to rush out and buy a copy now is Jim Lauderdale's earthy performance of "Planet of Love." Featuring Buddy Miller on guitar it moves in slow, gentle waves, evoking a sense of unaffected sensuality and simple affection.

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