Beyond the Clearing
Acoustic guitarist Robert Linton’s third release solidifies his place as the top purveyor of “autumnal” music recording today. By autumnal, I mean music rich with delicate nuance, deep introspection, and a somber beauty that is emblematic of the season where red leaves are lit by orange sunsets, birds on high head south before the snow flies, and frost glistens on pumpkins and corn stalks. Linton plays with the most uncommon grace and beauty I have ever heard. He is joined by a stellar cast of guest stars, and together they will hold you spellbound and enraptured. Beyond the Clearing is surely one of the best albums of 2016.