Imaginational Anthems Volume 2

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Released in October 2005, Imaginational Anthem Volume 1 featured two generations of important acoustic guitarists, from John Fahey and Sandy Bull to Jack Rose and Kaki King. The record received unanimous praise in the press and was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition". Volume 2 expands and builds on this theme with 70+ more minutes of guitar magic - all previously unreleased on CD in the US. 23-year old UK 12-string upstart James Blackshaw opens the record, while the late master Robbie Basho, a clear influence on Blackshaw's style, closes it. Basho's track is the only live recording by this groundbreaking guitarist ever released.

The new breed is well-represented by fascinating figures of today - Smith, Carter, Sparhawk, Kraus, Rose and Blackshaw. Legendary singer/songwriter Michael Chapman, whose first albums for the Harvest label in the 60's are now seeing the light again, contributes as well.

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released June 6, 2006

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Sharron Kraus Sheffield, UK

Sharron Kraus is a singer, musician and songwriter who both defiantly recasts and tenderly cherishes the folk traditions of England and Appalachia. Her songs tell intricate tales of rootless souls, dark secrets and earthy joys, the lyrics plucked as sonorously as her acoustic guitar. ... more

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