Underrated US singer-songwriter employs appealing simplicity

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Sam Phillips – A Boot And A Shoe

There are 13 songs in 34 minutes on Sam Phillips’ album?and yet still nothing sounds rushed. She merely strips away intros, solos and ornamentation and presents her songs with finely honed economy. It would be unfair to call this stark?produced by her husband T-Bone Burnett, her acoustic guitar is supported by drums, piano and even a small string section in places. Intimate is a better way to describe a set of melodies only made the more memorable by their brevity.

Understated and underestimated.