It’s rare to get through a write-up on Jeff Black without encountering words like “well-crafted” and “literate,” and even a cursory listen to the stories and soliloquies on his latest album, B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two (Lotos Nile) shows that they’re right on point. But it takes more than those qualities to earn the kinds of cuts that Black’s gotten with Alison Krauss + Union Station, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Dierks Bentley, to name only some of the artists who’ve lately recorded his songs. The most under-reported ingredient? That would be the music, especially the melodies that feel like they just floated down from the skies. While they’re almost certainly the products of hard work and craft, you wouldn’t know it from the way they insinuate themselves into the memory. And while the album’s nicely fleshed out with some fine, sensitive playing from a crew that includes both Bush and Douglas, Black’s a quietly compelling performer whose work might even benefit from the intimacy of a solo performance.
Wed, Jul 24 | 9:00 PM
The Bluebird Cafe