The eleven tunes presented here display his, fluidity, facility and invention as he salutes Fahey on the opening Blind Thomas at the Crime Scene; provides an indirect tribute to Mississippi John Hurt on the genial The Medicine Show Comes to Avalon; and does a delightful evocation of Rev. Gary Davis on The Altar at Center Raven, the strutting instrumental that closes this recording. The title track is a bluesy lovely mix of slide and deft finger picking on which he almost has time stand still followed by the dreamy Lighthouse Avenue, and the lively Butterfly Stunt which I hear him distilling some Furry Lewis amongst other sounds.
Dawson’s Rattlesnake Cage is a release sure to delight fans of Fahey, Land, Kottke, and similar artists, but certainly the music here will readily appeal to fans of blues, old-time country and other folk-related performances.
I received my review copy from a publicist. Here is a video of Steve Dawson performing a selection from Rattlesnake Cage.