Country Soul Brother
First Appeared in The Music Box, October 2005, Volume 12, #10
Written by T.J. Simon
On Country Soul Brother, Texas honky-tonk hero Jesse Dayton (the architect behind Banjo & Sullivan) presents a dozen tunes that straddle the line between country-western fare and classic American soul. The formula works best on the track It Won’t Always Be Like This, which captures the improbable mating between the divergent styles of Waylon Jennings and Al Green. Other bright spots include the Louvin Brothers-inspired gospel of Jesus Pick Me Up and the southwestern flavor of Moravia and All Because of You, both of which also contain shades of Dwight Yoakam’s catalog. However, Country Soul Brother most likely will be remembered as the place that The Cars received a flawless, country-infused send-up via Dayton’s cover of its 1978 hit Just What I Needed. At slightly over 40 minutes in length, this tightly-wound disc showcases the possibilities that exist when two great American styles are brought together.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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