PRINT December 2003

Music: Best of 2003

Laura Cantrell


1. Linda Thompson (Joe’s Pub, New York, May 20) Sharing the stage with son Teddy, Thompson faltered and blossomed with heart and nerve. The audience remained rapt until the inevitable “Dimming of the Day.”

2. June Carter Cash, Wildwood Flower (Dualtone) The autobiography and family album of a true Appalachian-American princess, completed just before her death in May.

3. Kate Rusby, Underneath the Stars (Pure) British folk buoyed by Rusby’s warm voice and sweetly steely presence.

4. Steve Earle, Just an American Boy, The Audio Documentary (Artemis) In this sound track to his Jerusalem tour documentary, Earle rocks, rants, and otherwise expresses his patriotic urge to disagree.

5. Paul Burch, Fool for Love (Bloodshot) Burch delivers lush and literate country songs for late-night listening. Big dumb twang this ain’t.

6. 39th Charles Wells Cambridge Folk Festival (Cambridge, England,

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