Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom

George St. Clair

George St. Clair Music, 2018

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Somewhere Marty Robbins is smiling. Over a half-century ago, he released a series of country and Western my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Gunfighter albums that told stories of the old West. They became commercially successful on the pop charts and were some of the first albums to expand the boundaries of country music and take it into the mainstream.

George St. Clair carries on that tradition in a modern sense. His reflections and philosophy about the American West have now come to music with his album Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom. His talents as a storyteller and balladeer have merged into an album of images and perceptions set to music.


His is a simple approach. He is a standup acoustic guitarist and vocalist, who is accompanied by another instrument here and there. The melodies are simple, which keep the focus on his thoughts and stories.


"The Places Where They Prayed," "New Mexico," "Autumn 1889," "Pedro Paramo," and "Up To Fail" range from the grasslands of the West to the personalities who inhabited them. Stories of love, failure, redemption, and love dominate the themes in his lyrics.


Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom is one of those albums that you experience as well as listen to. It is music that reaches back in time and takes you along for the ride.

Rating: B

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