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Free Country

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I Walk the Line
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Lonesome Road Blues
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Wayfaring Stranger
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This Land Is Your Land
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Twelve Gates To The City
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Tennesee Waltz
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Hell Broke Loose In Georgia
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Folsom Prison Blues
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Tender Years
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Will The Circle Be Unbroken
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Sing Me Back Home
Artist: Joel Harrison with Jen Chapin
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Lone Pilgrim
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 65:41

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Interview: Joel Harrison

By Dan Ouellette, Contributor

In the liner notes to his impressive new album, Search, New York-based guitarist/composer Joel Harrison writes that he set out to challenge himself compositionally to "use extended forms and some new techniques…without sacrificing spontaneity, a tricky balance." Best known as a jazz artist who has been exploring a variety of new approaches and genres over the course of his 15 albums as a leader, on Search, Harrison leans heavily on the influences of classical musicians… more »

They Say All Music Guide

This is certainly an intriguing release. Guitarist Joel Harrison recorded a dozen songs associated with country music, some of them quite traditional, but he recast them in surprising ways, making the CD title of Free Country fit quite well. Sometimes his steel guitar pays respect to the melodies and at other times he freaks out a bit on his electric guitar. None of the vocalists are that outstanding, and an instrumental “This Land Is Your Land” receives a surprisingly downbeat rendition. Norah Jones sings “I Walk The Line” and “Tennessee Waltz” quite straight, showing that she is more comfortable in country music than in jazz, but making one wonder how she created such a big stir in 2003. However, Dave Binney’s alto playing is a major asset on some of the more adventurous interpretations, and violinist Rob Thomas, pianist Uri Caine, and Tony Cedras on accordion add to the changing atmospheres of this strange but consistently colorful set. Well worth checking out for listeners with extremely open minds. – Scott Yanow

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