I haven’t given any thought to who might be the 21st-century answer to Jose Feliciano. But if the question ever arises, I now know the response. His name is Raul Midon, he hails from New Mexico and he’s as gifted a songwriter as he is a vocalist and acoustic guitarist. The songs that fill his stunning, Arif Mardin-produced debut suggest he’s an indefatigable optimist, and it’s undeniable that the sunny Midon sounds, as a singer and player, like Feliciano-the similarity is often eerie.
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