Musician - 11/97, p.90
"...heavily detailed, folky narrative....builds on the triumphs of last year's FURTHER IN...capturing the spontaneous feel of the singer's husky baritone and no-nonsense acoustic guitar strummings...an understated mix that draws as much attention to the spaces in between as the notes and words..."
Personnel: Greg Brown (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bo Ramsey (electric guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Kelly Joe Phelps (acoustic lap & lap steel guitars, background vocals); Bob Black (banjo); Al Murphy (fiddle); Dave Moore (harmonica); Gordy Johnson (acoustic bass); Paul V. Griffith (drums, percussion, rattles, bones, furniture).
Recorded at Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, Minnesota.
SLANT 6 MIND was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Personnel: Greg Brown (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Kelly Joe Phelps (vocals, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Bo Ramsey (vocals, electric guitar, slide guitar); Bob Black (banjo); Al Murphy (fiddle); Dave Moore (harmonica); Gordon Johnson (acoustic bass); Paul Griffith (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tom Tucker.
Recording information: Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN.
Photographer: Jim Herrington.
SLANT 6 MIND, Greg Brown's 13th album, finds this singer-songwriter at the peak of his considerable powers. His loyal cult following has watched Brown grow over the years from sharp-but-sentimental flatlands folkie to a dark, acerbic observer of the human condition with a deep, husky voice that is the perfect tool for delivering his soulful tunes. As usual, the production is just juicy enough to keep things interesting, but sparse enough to cast Brown's homespun existentialism in stark relief.
The sarcastic humor of "Mose Allison Played Here" and the simmering sensuality of "Hurt So Nice" contrast the emotionally-ravaged perspective of "Whatever It Was" and "Loneliness House." Brown's co-producer and longtime guitarist Bo Ramsey is still the right-hand-man-from-heaven, providing the perfect complement to Brown's songs and voice. Throughout, Brown cements his reputation as an important voice in American songwriting, on a par with the icon of your choice.