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Joe Walsh - Sweet Loam

By Mandolin Cafe
March 30, 2011 - 2:00 pm

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Joe Walsh - Sweet Loam

Joe Walsh - Sweet Loam

Sweet Loam is the second solo record from mandolinist Joe Walsh and a follow-up to his 2008 project Saturday Night Waltz.

Sweet Loam is the product of several years worth of composing, playing, gigging and traveling within the greater bluegrass and folk community.

On the project Joe is joined by the Gibson Brothers (with whom Joe plays mandolin full time), Darol Anger, Scott Law on guitar, Karl Doty on bass, Mike Block on cello, Wes Corbett on banjo, Clayton Campbell on fiddle, Mike Barber on bass, Owen Marshall on guitar, Matt Shipman on guitar, Lincoln Meyers on guitar, Amanda Kowalski on bass, Maeve Gilchrist on vocals and Lauren Rioux on fiddle.

Ain't No One Like You / Solly's Little Favorite
Wolfcat Breakdown
Mole in the Ground
Emily's Welcome to Portland
I Shall Be Released
Bob's Bucket
Hold Whatcha Got
Sunday Morning Reel
I Remembered When I Knew
Oh, Babe It Ain't No Lie

Additional information:
Purchase: From artist's web site
Joe Walsh's MySpace page


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March 31, 2011 08:46 AM
A BIG five stars from me on this recording! If you like mandolin music you will not be disappointed. There is a wide variety of musical styles on this recording and all of the songs are done with incredible taste. What was a surprise for me is that Joe is a pretty good singer too. I guess spending all that time with Gibson Brothers is rubbing off on him. smile
April 02, 2011 02:47 PM
Just bought this and it's rapidly becoming one of my favourite mandolin albums. Really well recorded, tasteful never showy arrangements, and thoughtful writing. What more can you ask for?
Man of Wax
April 03, 2011 02:13 PM
This whole album is wonderful. I love Joe's ear for space. His music breathes to an extent that mandolin playing, even really good mandolin playing, rarely does.

As good as the whole package is, though, "Emily's Welcome to Portland" manages to stand out anyway. It is one of the best nerdgrass tunes ever written. It just builds and builds. I'm going to wear out the grooves on this MP3.
April 04, 2011 08:57 AM
Beautiful music from Duluth MN native J Walsh. Love it and his LaPlante Mandolin.
April 13, 2011 02:37 PM
Joe just sent me this album, and I'm floored by it...It's neither over produced nor under produced...it hits that perfect sweet spot in the middle. It's not full of flash and fire, but rather *really* good tunes and arrangements. All around, one of my favorite new recordings in a long time. Good work Joe!

-Darren Weiss
May 28, 2011 08:19 PM
Great album. We've listened to it online a lot through Joe's Bandcamp page, but tonight, we finally decided that we might as well buy it! A lot of really pretty tunes on this one, and as Darren says above, Joe hits the sweet spot with good arrangements and happy harmonies. Great any-time music.
John McGann
May 28, 2011 09:20 PM
Brilliant album from a wonderful player!
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