Thursday, March 3, 2011
Buddy Miller: The Majestic Silver Strings
The Majestic Silver Strings (reviewed on PopMatters HERE) is a collection that allows Miller to transform a heap of classic country songs with the help of a veritable guitar army. In addition of Frisell and Ribot, who both sound utterly like themselves here, Miller has session whiz Greg Leisz in the band as well. And, amazingly, these four guitars (as Miller himself is a brilliant player) never get in each other's way.
As always with Buddy Miller, the conventions of country fall away. His work sounds like folk and rock and classic pop all at once, yet it does so without seeming generic or pretentiously "alt." This album, while obviously not as focused as some of Miller's best discs, remains a study in hip attitude and eclectic taste. That's Buddy Miller.