Steel Guitar Heart Attack Review

Paste Magazine has a review of Jon’s new album up on it’s blog.

Here’s what they say…

Those of you who associate the pedal steel guitar solely with cry-in-yer-beer country weepers are in for either an unpleasant shock or a delightful surprise. Jon Rauhouse plays pedal steel guitar the way John Zorn plays the saxophone. That is, he thoroughly messes with your head as he takes you on a schizophrenic musical journey. On Heart Attack Rauhouse covers western swing, Hawaiian music, Big Band standards, ’60s easy listening schlock, Bing Crosby crooners, the TV themes to Mannix and the Andy Griffith Show, and gunfighter ballads. Along the way, he’s helped out by members of Calexico, Giant Sand, The Mekons, Kelly Hogan, and the incomparable Neko Case, who lends her pipes to the old Sinatra chestnut “East of the Sun (and West of the Moon).” Best of all is Rauhouse’s take on Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” where the pedal steel does a Broadway turn. It’s great, uncompromising, wildly eclectic music. Andy Whitman


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