[112] Dock Boggs – His Folkways Years 1963-68

29 May

This appears to be a case of more important than impressive.


Although in truth I can’t figure out quite why this unassuming folk singer is seen as especially important either, unless you count his comeback from a 40-year hiatus.

His vocals aren’t as exuberant as The Balfa Brothers’.  His banjo picking isn’t as artful as Pete Seeger’s.  So I can’t think of a single reason why I would listen to Boggs over either one of the aforementioned.  Boggs’ music is pleasant enough – basic banjo picking under an old-man voice – but I struggle to find a single thing that elevates it in any way to the levels of the other recordings explored to date.

It is evocative, but harmless, toothless.  Music to eat to in a certain kind of Southern cooking restaurant.  Despite listening to 50 songs, almost two-and-a-half hours worth of music and more than once, I can’t pick out a single standout track, or indeed differentiate one from another at all!

I am frankly at a loss to understand how such a bland entry even made it into the discussion for inclusion into Tom Moon’s hallowed 1,000.  This is not the case of me not enjoying something that is challenging, or rejecting a sound that is simply not to my tastes.

It is just that I am left feeling nothing at all.

If any readers would like to enlighten me – to explain why they love this artist, these songs – I would be genuinely interested to hear what it might be I am missing.

Next Week:  Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See A Darkness

Owned before blogging? No. (10 of 112 = 9%)
Heard before blogging? No. (17 of 112 = 15%)
Recommend? No. (92 of 112 = 82%)

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