Click here to expand and collapse the player

Luck In The Valley

Rate It! Avg: 4.0 (47 ratings)
Luck In The Valley album cover
Blues for Percy Danforth
Lick Mountain Ramble
Woodpiles on the Side of the Road
When Tailgate Drops, The Bullshit Stops
Moon in the Gutter
Luck in the Valley
St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)
Tree in the Valley
Everybody Ought To Pray Sometime (Crumpton, Summers)
West Coast Blues (Blind Blake)
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 37:15

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Wondering Sound

Review 0

Avatar Image
Mike McGonigal


Mike McGonigal is editorial director for YETI publishing and the author of three little music books. He lives in Portland, OR, where he spends his time assembli...more »

You not only hear him subtly fusing traditions — you revel in how beautifully he's doing it
Label: Thrill Jockey

On December 5, 2009, guitarist Jack Rose died of a heart attack at the age of 38. Rose, who grew up in Virginia and spent the last decade of his life in Philadelphia, was prodigiously talented; at the time of his death, he'd just finished work on what he called his "Dirt Trilogy," recordings made with the Black Twig Pickers and other friends, playfully merging traditional American vernacular music with music from other cultures.… read more »

Write a Review 1 Member Review

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar

good stuff


I liked the instrumentation and style, but the sound, from the album's start to it's finish, was a bit too 'bright' and abrasive for me... it wore me down til it was just too much. But I can see why people in the know held Mr Rose in such high esteem.

Recommended Albums

They Say All Music Guide

Luck in the Valley is the third part of guitarist Jack Rose’s self-deprecatingly and humorously referenced “Ditch Trilogy,” which began with Dr. Ragtime & Pals in 2008 and continued with Jack Rose & the Black Twig Pickers in 2009. It was finished shortly before his untimely death in December of 2009. Like the previous two recordings, this set explores prewar American music, from blues and folk styles to rags and early bluegrass. Rose uses the Pickers — Glenn Jones, Harmonica Dan, and Hans Chew — on most of this set, and performs solo as well. Rose was in an unusually creative period (even for him) recording this, learning and introducing new techniques into his playing, and it’s all readily apparent here. The title refers to code used for procurement in the red-light district in old St. Louis; it’s a humorous reference he grabbed from a record’s liner notes. The opening track, “Blues for Percy Danforth,” is named for the famous hardwood bones player. It begins in classical Indian raga style, with an unusual tuning and plenty of drone notes before Rose kicks it into gear a bit with his newer fingerpicking style that is fluid and spacious, but also direct, finding its way toward the middle strings as the point of a return path. He’s accompanied skeletally by a jaw harp and harmonica. The title track is a meld of rag, droning blues, and a breakdown. “Lick Mountain Ramble” is full-on Eastern-sounding bluegrass with fiddles, mouth harp, and percussion replacing banjos and mandolins. Rose rides through modes flipping the rhythms with his strumming and quick fingerpicking runs. There are three covers on the set as well: a languid, late-night barrelhouse version of W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”; a sprightly reading of Blind Blake’s rag “West Coast Blues,” with beautiful interaction between guitar and banjo; and the moving, jumping country gospel blues “Everybody Ought to Pray Sometimes” by Dennis Crumpton and Robert Summers. This set was a fine step forward for Rose, but after the record ends, the listener is left with the painful awareness of what his loss means to music fans in general and folk music fans in particular. – Thom Jurek

more »