Live From Austin TX
Label: New West Records
Those of you who have waited for Neko Case to strip it down are in for a true treat (uh, we're talking about her songs, you pervs). Immaculately recorded during her Austin City Limits performance on August 9, 2003, Case is accompanied by guitar, banjo, bass and minimal pedal steel as she gracefully waltzes through songs from her first three albums. Kelly Hoagan's supernal harmonies help make these tunes float skyward, especially on the lilting "Deep Red Bells." Case's sparse sketch of Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" is another haunting highlight.