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Ghost Repeater

by Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault's Ghost Repeater is a stunning collection that delivers the honesty of country, the rawboned desperation of blues, and the simplicity of folk.
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1. Ghost Repeater
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2. Americans In Corduroys
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3. I Dream An Old Lover
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4. One For Sorrow
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5. Train To Jackson
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6. One Part Love
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7. Wild Waste And Welter
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8. City Flower
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9. Tall Grass In Old Virginny
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10. Mesa, Arizona
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11. Appeline
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Album Notes
Holed up in Iowa City for the coldest week of the year, Jeffrey Foucault teamed with legendary blues guitar player and producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams) to create Ghost Repeater, a country and blues album at the crossroads between love and lament, exploring the hopefulness of new love and the seasickness of contemporary American living.

Ghost Repeaters are empty radio stations scattered around the country to re-broadcast demographically tailored playlists, endless echoes of American market culture, from thousands of miles away. Epidemic sameness, big-box stores, and the retail news cycle of ghost prisoners and God on Our Side create the context in which the songs on Ghost Repeater unfold a story of love and uncertainty.

Written over the course of a year in which Foucault married, Ghost Repeater juxtaposes a personal narrative of hope and joyfulness against the wider story of the times, in a series of travelogues and dreamscapes. Words like bloom and fade, truth and mercy, dream and memory recur through the album to create a sort of grammar, a palette of colors that Foucault and Ramsey merge with dark washes of electric guitar and vocals hushed or plaintive, in a visionary portrait of modern Americana.

It’s a natural pairing – Ramsey’s cool economy of phrase the perfect compliment to Foucault’s elegant lines and weatherbeaten drawl – and the recording itself something of a homecoming, with Foucault traveling back to the Midwest from Massachusetts where he’s lived the past few years, and bringing the songs he’d written home to record them with Ramsey’s longtime collaborators.

Slated for a European release in April and a stateside release in May, Ghost Repeater features full band arrangements but hews close to the line of Foucault’s previous albums (Miles from the Lightning, 2001, and Stripping Cane, 2004), with darkly intimate songs and rich language, framed this time around by Bo Ramsey’s signature electric guitar work in a series of country rockers and dark blues. It was a natural progression for Foucault - whose first two records explored the landscape and characters of his native Midwest in spare and largely acoustic terms - to broaden the focus of the music and the subject matter by incorporating a rhythm section and training his sights on not only the intimate but the wider world, the personal and the profound.

In addition to Bo Ramsey’s inimitable sound Foucault has the backing of Rick Cicalo and Steve Hayes (Greg Brown) on rhythm, along with special guest appearances by Iowa legend Dave Moore on harp and accordion, Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Richard Buckner) on pedal steel, and Kris Delmhorst on backing vocals.

Against the broadcast echoes of an America long gone, Foucault lays out the particulars of love in a country contending with its own ghost. In songs of love and empire, dream and memory, Ghost Repeater delivers the honesty of country, the rawboned desperation of blues, and the simplicity of folk to achieve a document that’s timeless and poignant.



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Greg Hanawalt

Great sounds wrapped around some very pleasant stories. I've had the CD for a couple of weeks now & just keep playing it! Yeah!!!

David B.

Can't Miss On This One
There are very few cds that I would place on my, "If-I-Ever-Got-Stranded-On-A-Deserted-Island" list. This one goes near the top of the list. Having been a recent, but huge, fan of "Stripping Cane" and "Miles From the Lightning", I was skeptical that "Ghost Repeater" could match the quality of songwriting found on those cds (because those cds are outstanding) .....I was terribly wrong. Jeffrey Foucault (and presumably Bo Ramsey) got EVERYTHING right on this collection of songs. An awesome piece of work....thank you Mr. Foucault.


Listen once and the hook is set!!
Since buying the CD I have played the digits off it. I look forward to his next effort.

Andrew Stevenson

Worth the price, but Jeffrey will make you think, reflect...and maybe dream.
Jeffrey Foucault connects to the lost highways, the two-lane blacktops in the back of your mind. His words are trenchant, his images poignant, and his emotions have a raw purity that will sink into you and remain for hours after you take Ghost Repeater off the player. Foucault's lyrics made me wander among the many "might-have-beens." You know, those roads we come on, look down, but don't take and then, years later, wonder where they went.

remo (civitavecchia-italy)

one of the best albums ever!
buy this cd! jeffrey is a great songwriter. probably this is his best album and one of the best albums ever! listen to the samples and you'll see! jeffrey, wherever you are, god bless you! all the best!