Jon Rauhouse Steel Guitar Heart Attack

Astounding pedal steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse has a tendency to transport listeners to bygone musical eras with each solo record and he continues the trend on Steel Guitar Heart Attack. Its title inspired by Rauhouse’s own health scare, this eclectic album gathers a bunch of friends together to take a crack at some enduring classics and fun originals, all of which feature guitarist Tommy Connell and Rauhouse’s signature steel guitar. Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino play and join a large choir to make "Idaho” a whimsical number from yesteryear’s radio airwaves. Sally Timms contributes sultry vocals to the smoky "I’ll Be Seeing You” and a jazzy country rendition of "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)” features Rauhouse’s main meal ticket, Neko Case, effortlessly adding something short and sweet to the mix. Kelly Hogan sounds magical on the great tale of "Big Iron,” while lesser-known vocalist Rachel Flotard is gritty and gutsy on the tragically compelling "Harbor Lights.” Not to be outdone, Rauhouse shines on original instrumentals like "Bongo Ride” and is charming taking the lead vocals on "Everybody Loves the Sun.” Sunny and tender, Rauhouse has created a wondrous record for fans of classic balladry and steel guitar. (Bloodshot)