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David Johansen was so at home with the renowned archivist Harry Smith-inspired folk blues of his preceding album, David Johansen & the Harry Smiths, that he's back two years later, mining even dee

David Johansen was so at home with the renowned archivist Harry Smith-inspired folk blues of his preceding album, David Johansen & the Harry Smiths, that he's back two years later, mining even deeper into the heritage. His picks this time are even more obscure, ranging from Memphis Minnie's "In Love Again" to the Tommy McClennan version of "Deep Blue Sea"—which segues seamlessly into "My Morphine" by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, the set's only contemporary sources. Recorded again at St. Peter's Church in New York, the disc, which is a bit edgier this time, retains its predecessor's—and Chesky's—emphasis on superior sonic quality. Indeed, it's almost as if you're sitting in the pews with Johansen and his equally authentic and superb Smiths (guitarist/mandolinist Brian Koonin, guitarist/dobro player Larry Saltzman, bassist Kermit Driscoll, and drummer Keith Carlock)—or, to keep it real, on the front porch.—JB