David Cantwell has a piece in Rolling Stone celebrating the fortieth anniversary of a landmark year in country music. Most of the albums he recommends challenge or overturn that era’s conventional marketing categories…all while yielding big hits–most becoming staples. Based on the half I have in my collection and what I’ve heard of the others, I (as usual) heartily endorse his choices.

My only nit to pick is his preference for Bonnie Raitt’s version of “Angel From Montgomery” over Tanya Tucker’s….them’s fightin’ words!

Against that, and what really matters, a thousand times yes on Jeannie Kendall…

4 thoughts on “A LITTLE SUNDAY READING….

  1. You convinced me to listen to Tucker’s version of “Angel from Montgomery”. It’s OK, but for me, it’s ruined by the backing music.

    • Well, I have to say I’m the only person I know who prefers Tanya’s version….It might have something to do with her being the only person I know of who has covered this song who sounds like she might be from Montgomery. Bonnie sounds wistful to me and that’s certainly a valid take…but I had Tucker’s angrier version too firmly in my head by the time I heard anybody else’s for anything to dislodge it.

      I never had any strong feelings about the music one way or the other, but now that you mention it, I think Nashville would have done better by it than L.A. (And Bonnie Raitt’s guitar is an advantage on anything…so there’s that!)

  2. Good point about Montgomery. I once saw Raitt and Prine sing it as a duet. Actually, that was a pretty good show over all, matching those two. I’m also partial to Susan Tedeschi’s version … and while I don’t care that she blends it into “Sugaree”, it’s all good because that means Derek Trucks plays Yet Another Fine Solo.

    • Sounds like good times….Raitt and Prine do seem like natural soulmates. I tip my hat to him. Not many male songwriters could or would write such a powerful song from a woman’s perspective, sing it himself, and then encourage women who sing better than him to record it (backing them in the studio or duetting with them on stage) and make it part of their own musical identity. I’ll look up Tedeschi’s version tomorrow (also kind of interested in tracking down Cameo’s version–seems like one of those leaps that might be very interesting)…That should make a nice break from the work day!

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