Chuck Johnson :: Balsams / Riga Black

Witness: the greatly-anticipated "ambient pedal steel" album from Chuck Johnson. Due June 2 via VDSQ, Balsams is the follow-up to last year’s Velvet Arc, a record we praised for its “widescreen vision of Americana” and “shimmering electric guitar blending with gorgeous pedal steel and folky fiddles fading into mesmerizing minimalist pulses.” In that vein, if Johnson’s previous lp travels across spacious terrestrial grounds both rough-hewn and freshly paved, then his new endeavor, which Johnson describes as “the most filmic . . .

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