Out Of The Ashes
Jessi Colter, widow of the King of Country Outlaws, Waylon Jennings, is back with what can only be called the finest album of her career.
Produced by the enigmatic Don Was, the record begins with a beautiful rendition of the classic gospel tune “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” before moving into some of Colter’s original tunes, the Dylan-esque “You Can Pick 'em, “ and a beautiful “The Phoenix Rises.”
One of the most outstanding tracks here is “Out of the Rain,” written by Tony Joe White, who sings and plays guitar on the track, as does the late Waylon Jennings and The Greater Apostolic Christ Temple Choir - a smooth groove, with powerful lyrics and solos from Waylon and Tony Joe. An amazing track.
Jessi does a great job on Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” and she teams up with son Shooter Jennings to write and perform the excellent closing tune, “Please Carry Me Home.” Out of the Ashes is light years beyond her 1970’s top ten hit “I’m Not Lisa.” There is a lifetime of love and maturity, masterfully produced by Don Was. A simply magnificent piece of work.
-Michael Buffalo Smith