Everything about Tim Eriksen is an anachronism and a riddle. He's a post-punk rocker who sings shape-note hymns, a fiddler, a student of the south Indian veena, a story teller, one of New England's leading local musicologists and musical geo-cacher. So trying to put his new recording, Josh Billings Voyage or the Cosmopolite on the Cotton Road into any sort of neat little category is damned near impossible. To create this recording, Eriksen asks us to imagine a quintessential Massachusetts village, one both colonial and modern, rich with people from Africa, Asia, central Europe, England, Ireland as well as the pre-Columbian locals. Try to imagine Thornton Wilder's Grover's Corners as a global crossroads, and all those travelers sitting around at the local diner.

You can listen to my radio review here