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Lost Highway

Lost & Found Volume One – 2003 (Lost Highway)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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The Lost Highway label, which in its short life has goosed the bluegrass genre through its distribution of the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou," brought Ryan Adams to a larger audience, introduced Tift Merritt and revived The Jayhawks, celebrates itself on this 15-track compilation of studio cuts, rarities and B-Sides from its own vaults as well as those of some of its sister labels.

While it's not clear if anyone who loves alt.-country needs another copy of Lucinda Williams singing "Righteously," it's nice to have her "Buick Blues" bonus track, as well as two hard-to-find cuts from The Jayhawks, a live track from Kathleen Edwards and a special compilation-only track from new wunderkind Connor Oberst's band Bright Eyes. All this plus a cover of "Wichita Lineman" by Johnny Cash shows there's room for an awful lot of music under the alt.-country moniker