Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers-The Rags of Absence (*NEW-CD, 2017, Indie)
10 songs. Big themes.Big sound. A great ride. The Rags of Absence was written & recorded in the high deserts of New Mexico this past summer and fall. Sonically? The album was meticulously mastered by Athens, Ga uber-engineer and all-around conjurer of sonic goodness, Tom Lewis (summershine, perfumed letter, roof of the sky, fetal position et al) with some additional mastering by Bruce Neher. The CD itself is graced by the art work of nationally recognized visual artist, Jim Vogel; Jim's themes are a visual "Sermon on the Mount," imo. Included in the 8 page booklet is an essay called "Giving The Devil His Due~The Music of Bill Mallonee," by professor of philosophy & religion, and rock journalist, Kelly Dean Jolley is also part of the Cd package's content. This is fantastic old-school" rock journalism, folks. The Rags of Absence is dedicated to the life & writing of Frederick Buechner.