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Baker's Dozen

Tales From The Barrelhouse: A James Yorkston Baker's Dozen
The Quietus , August 21st, 2014 12:18

With his new album The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society, featuring contributions from Alexis Taylor, KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail and more, out this week, the Fife singer-songwriter writes us a special Baker's, cherry-picking favourite tracks from his old Edinburgh club night


Lightnin' Hopkins – 'Rain'
Lightnin' Hopkins, Skip James, Mississippis John Hurt and Fred McDowell - a whole load of the old blues fellows sneaked on to the Barrelhouse turntables. Hopkins is a long-time favourite of mine. He doesn't really seem to care – not about my patronage, I mean, more about his music – but I'm sure he did. He always seems so slack and lackadaisical, but that brings its own magic that you'll never find on the over-rehearsed and over-produced. I love the sound of this album, the woolly double bass and resigned trombone, all recorded live over one afternoon, probably unrehearsed, certainly under-rehearsed if one is seeking "perfection". Still an all-time favourite on the JY-Pod and it sounds perfect to me.