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Aereo-Plain by John Hartford
Released: Mar 1971
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Few folks outside of the bluegrass scene purchased Aereo-Plain when Warner Bros. released the album in 1971. Those who did were profoundly touched by its homespun warmth, old-timey nostalgia, visionary weirdness and innovative picking (which trickles effortlessly like a mountain stream). Inspired by country-rock, Hartford crafted a sound that reconciled the hippies' "back to earth" spiritualism and the small-town culture unique to the rural South. It's no accident such a record appeared when the first communes and collectives began to pop up below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Justin Farrar
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