Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Kickin' Out The Footlights...Again"

Today brought a real treat. I picked up "Kickin' Out The Footlights...Again...Two Icons Collide---Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones". In this current album, George Jones and Merle Haggard combine to sing each others songs and four duets. The music seems to come so easily to them and their band. If I wanted to write something that sounded like a cliche out of a music reviewer's pen I would say "they don't perform their music, they are their music". I don't know the staying power of this CD and I don't care, because today it was just perfect. The duets, "Footlights", "Born With the Blues", "Sick, Sober and Sorry" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" pretty much tell the story and Jones and Haggard and their musicians do it right.

An unexpected pleasure in the CD liner notes was one of the photographs of the two. It 's an instant laugh out loud.


Anonymous Doug said...

Thanks, this sounds like it may be a winner. It's difficult to find variety and quality these days, at least for me.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it have "That's the Way Love Goes" or "Bartender's Blues" (the one James Taylor wrote for George)?

Also, did you happen to catch Willie at Lincoln Center? The review in the NYT made it sound like they really cooked.

We'll check out the "Kickin'" CD.


1:36 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Anon, The songs that you mention are not included, and I was out of the loop on the Willie/Wynton show. It did sound wonderful but I may as well have been in Carolina, Texas or Thailand. Oh well. Thanks for the comment.

4:59 PM  

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