Personnel: Martin Simpson (acoustic & electric guitar, resonator, fretless banjo, cumbus); David Lindley (lap slide acoustic guitar, bowed tambur); Kelly Joe Phelps (lap slide acoustic guitar); Barry Phillips (cello); Doug Robinson, Johnny AKA Jules Zafimery Andraimanahirana (bass); Rick Walker, Tiana AKA Solomon Ratianarinaivo (percussion); Sammy AKA Samoela "Tarika Sammy" Andriamalalaharijaona (marovany, valiha).
Recorded at Bear Creek Studio, Bonny Doon, California. Includes liner notes by Martin Simpson.
Cool & Unusual is a typically engaging and entrancing collection of acoustic guitar work from Martin Simpson, finding the guitarist blending together a vast variety of sounds -- American and British folk, Celtic, country, worldbeat, blues -- into a signature sound that is singularly entrancing. ~ Thom Owens