On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker.
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Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements.
He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve. Mitchell Froom supervised "Forever Endeavour" (Warner Canada/Cooking Vinyl), an artsy production.