Sound Checks

It captures the fatal movement of time, the oldest, hardest story in the book: the struggle between an individual and history. "I never knew Mason, I never knew Dixie," he sings. "I never hurt no one, I never chose sides/I never dreamt that I'd be walking with strangers/Because I was born on the wrong side of the line." Eberhardt's work doesn't always show such expansive imagination: His musical gifts are so great, especially his tasteful, blues-based guitar work, that he doesn't have to craft fine folk songs. But sometimes he does. (RK)

Contributors: Matthew Hilburn, Roy Kasten, Randall Roberts

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