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No Depression Review - Joel Rafael - Baladista

Joel Rafael - No Depression

Baladista, an album overflowing with gentle, melodic grace.

Baladista is Chicago born, Southern California based Rafael's ninth recording and his third consecutive release on Jackson Browne's imprint Inside Recordings. This ten-song set was recorded and mixed by Joel in his home studio and co-produced with wife Lauren. Joel (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica) is supported on this occasion by Greg Leisz (electric guitars, dobro, pedal steel) and James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (bass). By the way, the Spanish male/female noun Baladista translates as singer/writer of songs. If the jacket fits . . .

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