dr. ron pen
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
Jess Ruby / Firebrand Photography
An Artifact Unearthed
Albuquerque’s L.M. Dupli-cation reissues John Jacob Niles’ iconic home recordings
The voice—reedy, urgent, ethereal and strong—summons centuries of memory and suspends time in the space of a song. Love, jealousy, longing, fear and remorse take on an almost physical presence, and fabled characters first conjured in song ages ago, in hovels choked with peat smoke, crowd the imagination.