My Dusty Road

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2009

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The sound quality is astonishing.
  2. This is a remarkable and historic set of recordings with an equally remarkable history.
  3. Paired with an artful book that spins the tale of these sides and their place in Woody's world by Guthrie historian Ed Cray and Rounder co-founder Bill Nowlin, these four CDs are a superb introduction to an artist whose influence extends to Dylan, Springsteen, and, indeed, nearly all American music that followed on his dusty heels.
  4. Mojo
    The songs, six previously unreleased, range from good to outstanding, the sound quality as clear and natural as if he were singing in the next room. [Oct 2009, p.115]
  5. Uncut
    My Dusty Road is facinating as an archive set. [Oct 2009, p.120]
  6. The first disc of the 4-CD trove provides the best comparisons, showcasing the troubadour's most familiar tunes ("This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd") with vocals and picking that are rich and unblemished.
  7. Filter
    This boxset--quite literally a suitcase--highlights four distinct sides of one of the most prolific icons of the pre-dylan era, and introduces both unreleased and released tracks to a new generation in themed installments. History is back in session. [Fall 2009, p.100]
  8. The set is both familiar and fresh-sounding at once.
  9. By dividing the sessions into what amounts to an overview of his career, My Dusty Road detracts from the recently discovered source material, making it both an incredible find and a missed opportunity.
  10. The overall presentation of My Dusty Road, however, falls far short of the standard achieved by The Asch Recordings.

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