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ARTIST
TITLE
The Red River
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
IMMUNE 002CD IMMUNE 002CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/4/2008

"The Red River is the fourth solo offering from Portland, Maine's Micah Blue Smaldone and the first to be released on Chicago label Immune. Here's what Micah has to say about it: 'Rather than construct a thick frame of reference for this new album, I'd prefer to describe simply where I've come from in the past few years, and then let this music speak for itself. My first solo effort, 2003's Some Sweet Day, was a collection of ragtime and country-blues, a fervently authentic homage to great influences -- John Jackson, Blind Blake, Robert Wilkins, etc., who all helped me through some tough times. 2005's Hither and Thither was much more internal, an urgent telling of germination in a harsh climate. This new one reaches a little further both into the past and the future. The title is borrowed from 'Red River Blues,' an old chestnut that goes 'which way, which way do that blood red river run? From my back window home to the rising sun.' I suppose this is the big theme of the album - 'Never fight evil as if it were something that arose totally outside of yourself.' It is simple faith in the goodness of people, the depth of love, and the infinite wisdom of nature, which allows for this path to be cut with patience, humility, and an eagerness to share. So let this album be a little way-mark, and never a hitching post.'"