Rhythm and blues legend Solomon Burke turns in a simply wonderful country - slash- Americana album backed by the cream of Nashville’s musical elite. Folks like Buddy Miller, Byron House, Kenny Vaughan, Sam Bush, Kevin Welch, Shawn Amos, Patty Loveless and E-Street Band member Garry Tallent all add flavor and color to the proceedings.
Songs include Burke’s cover of Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got To Memphis,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Ain’t Got You” and a duet with Dolly Parton on her “Tomorrow Is Forever.”
There are songs penned by Jim Lauderdale, Gillian Welch, Don Williams, and a simply irresistible take on The George Jones/Peanut Montgomery hit “We’re Gonna Hold On,” featuring Emmylou Harris in duet with King Solomon.
Guest vocalists abound. Besides Dolly and Emmy, Burke sings with Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin and Patty Loveless, and Burke’s tender vocal on the Henley/Lane classic “Till I Get It Right” is the perfect pedal steel and strings enhanced set closer, topping off one of the year’s finest releases.
-Michael Buffalo Smith