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Crows in the Basilica
"At first glance, the titles on Chuck Johnson's Crows in the Basilica suggest an artist both aware of and in touch with his surroundings. There are mountains, creeks, sand; towns, streets, basilica; crows, geese. Skim Johnson's liner notes and this sense of outward attention expands. Songs are based on raga improvisations and Chinese melodies, the Piedmont blues of Carolina pioneer Elizabeth Cotten and the mountain guitar of Appalachian legend Roscoe Holcomb. But despite how conscious Johnson is of what's going on outside -- both outside his window and outside our borders -- his journey on Crows in the Basilica is as much internal as external. Johnson's references to the elements around him and the art that inspires him are launching points toward the wider realms of nature and music, but they also propel him inward, toward introspection and self-reflection. In fact, for much of these eight masterful tunes, inside and outside are mirror images, each influencing and guiding the other in a recursive loop of creativity."