Smokin' the Dummy/ Bloodlines (Sugar Hill, 1997)
Reviewed by Roy Kasten
These two early '80s releases oBoth discs, separated by only three years, are a portrait of American brutality, from colonialism to market culture run rampant. The standouts include "The Heart of California," "Helena Montana," "Bloodlines," "Ourland," and the oft-covered "Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy." Allen's band, featuring some all star Texas pickers, is angry and relentless in its delivery, and help make these two discs the important documents they remain.
CDs by Terry Allen