(2008/Mississippi Records) 14 tracks, originally recorded 1969! This
song’s been haunting us for months; from the mournful opening lick to
each cracked yodel, the intimacy and honesty of Hurley’s music is
compelling. Hurley, aka Doc Snock, recorded his first album for American
Folkways on the same reel-to-reel tape machine Leadbelly used to cut
his final tunes.
Snock’s bluesy hobo songwriting brilliance has
been recognised by Devendra Banhart and, amongst others, Cat Power,
whose cover of “Troubled Waters” does away with structure and tune,
reimbursing us only with her sadly familiar narcoleptic burps.
Article properties: Michael Hurley: Armchair Boogie