Various Jim White Presents Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

This is the soundtrack for a little-seen documentary on cult hero Jim White, but you don’t need to see it to enjoy Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus. It is a very well-chosen collection of blues, bluegrass, folk and country songs sharing a Southern gothic sort of vibe. White himself contributes four tunes, while other well-known names featured include Johnny Dowd, Cat Power, David Johansen, bluegrass icon Doc Watson and the long-undervalued 16 Horsepower. Wonderful Southern novelist Harry Crews kicks things off with a short narration that helps set the tone, and all involved deliver strong performances. Cat Power’s Chan Marshall has rarely sung better than on "Crossbones Style,” while David Jo shines on the bluesy "Last Kind Deal.” Nick Cave would have been a perfect addition to the cast list, but there is basically nothing wrong with this splendidly spooky album, which goes well with a nice quart of moonshine bourbon. (V2)