Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Real: Tom T Hall Project
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
This celebration of one of country's most prolific and engaging songwriters is a long-time-coming labor of love for producers Mark Linn and Justin Bass. If it works, chalk it up to the range of performers and the imaginati... more »
This celebration of one of country's most prolific and engaging songwriters is a long-time-coming labor of love for producers Mark Linn and Justin Bass. If it works, chalk it up to the range of performers and the imagination lent to sterling songs. Linn and Bass juxtapose legends like Johnny Cash--who offers a pared-down American Recordings-style take on "I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew"--and Ralph Stanley with alternative country upstarts like Kelly Willis, Syd Straw, and Calexico. Whiskeytown reinvents "I Hope It Rains at My Funeral" through Ryan Adams's scrappy vagabond's voice and winds up with a wholly faithful, wholly new classic. Joe Henry turns "Homecoming" into a trip-country dance mix á la Beck--the result is eerie, unveiling the song's most secret emotions. Only a few interpretations miss the mark: Joel R. L. Phelps's tortured vocal beats down the subtle humor of "Spokane Motel Blues," and Jonny Polonsky simply sounds lost with "Old Enough to Want (Fool Enough to Try)." Some of the best versions are the most spare and vulnerable: Mark Olson and Victoria Williams harmonize mildly on "It Sure Can Get Cold in Des Moines," and Richard Buckner is alone with just guitar on "When Love Is Gone." Few tribute albums are this rewarding, start to finish: if you're not yet a fan of Tom T. Hall's songwriting, you will be. --Roy Kasten
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A fine tribute to a great Country singer-songwriter
T. C Lane | Marina, CA USA | 07/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Country music's great lost missing link gets the tribute cd that's been long overdue. Instead of a toothless Nashville only tribute (i.e. Arista's Haggard tribute a few years back), we get a lot of other singer-songwriters covering chestnut's from Hall's catalog. The best tracks are easily from Kelly Willis and Iris DeMent. And while a few of these 17 interpretations don't work, for the most part this is a fine tribute."
Words can't describe Tom T. Halls songwriting ability
Schenut@aol.com | Jacksonville beach, Florida | 01/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tom T. Hall finally recieves the recognition that he richly deserves as one of Nashville's finest songwriters. Tom T. Hall has always written about and for the common man. From the lovestruck wanderer in Kelly Willis "That's How I Got To Memphis" to Iris Dement lamenting on "I Miss Alot Of Trains". Much of the artists success on this album goes to their ability to reach down and communicate the pain and isolation that Tom T. Hall often wrote from. However only one or two interpretations on this CD left me somewhat confused. Joe Henry's "Homecoming" sounded like an angry bitter man. And Ron Sexsmith's "Ships Go Out" sounds lost and distant. In conclusion I dare any listener to hear Richard Buckner's "When Love Is Gone" and not be reminded of a dumped relationship or a love gone bad."
Charlie Seale | canyon lake, texas | 09/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"tom t. hall is one of the great american artist of our time. although i've never felt he has been justly recognized. perhaps that situation has changed a bit with this cd. this is a must have cd for any serious collector of american music. kelly willis' performance on 'that's how i got to memphis' is worth the price of admission. (and could be subtitled 'that's how i got to heaven'...lol)"