Jim Ford, 'Harlan County' (Light in the Attic)

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Harlan County
Critical Mass
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Label: LIght in the Attic

by Andrew Hultkrans

A Kentucky-born singer-songwriter once called the "baddest white man on the planet" by Sly Stone, Jim Ford pioneered a seamless blend of country, soul, and funk on 1969's Harlan County, using a crack studio band that included Elvis guitarist James Burton and Dr. John. Other, more famous artists (Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations) covered his material, but Ford's debut sank without a trace. This is the first stateside CD reissue of the stylistically peerless album.

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