A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old west.
Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball reissued April 8 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson), Wrecking Ball won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and was highly praised by critics worldwide. The new three-disc set features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball, which was directed by Bob Lanois and includes interviews and studio footage of Harris and Lanois as well as special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Brian Blade, and others.
Over the years, Tom Ball has worn two different hats equally well. He is an acoustic guitar-playing folk instrumentalist in the John Fahey/Leo Kottke/Robbie Basho vein, but he is best known for being half of the acoustic blues-oriented duo Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan. On Filthy Rich, Ball's role isn't that of a guitarist — Sultan does most of the guitar playing, while Ball is primarily in charge of singing and playing harmonica. Ball is in picker mode when he is unaccompanied on a medley of "The Glory of Love" and "Swingin' on a Star"; this medley shows what Ball can do as a folk instrumentalist and an unaccompanied acoustic guitarist…….
Although the acoustic blues duo of Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan can often be entertaining with their particular brand of wry-humored blues, on Too Much Fun their antics are…well, too much. Instead of appearing to the listener as the accomplished musicians and music business veterans that they are, songs such as "Chicken Ala King" and "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away" make the duo come off as a couple of juvenile drunks at a local bar. As on any Ball & Sultan album, there are moments, the instrumental "American Medley" being one of them, but overall the album is more slapstick than substance.