Like Ry Cooder, Bohren plays a chilling, atmospheric slide style, and like Cooder (but unlike most of their peers), Bohren tempers his approach with a devotion to gospel, the essential root (and most forgotten key) to even hell-hounded geniuses Robert Johnson and Skip James. Latter-day followers may take the gospel source out of their guitar idols, but Bohren cranks it up. In that respect, Bohren's closest living analog might be Martin Simpson, though even that approximation seems unfair. Bohren is a killer banjo player and an even better singer. In the intimate, acoustically superb setting of the Focal Point, he will transfix you.
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