At Amoeba, with the only help of her acoustic guitar and strong smoky voice, she played most of the songs alone, songs such as ‘Little Black Train’, Give Me The Roses’ – a song about how she wants to live her life, she added, ‘give me the roses while I am alive’.
The Panic Is On – Fats Waller – Zach’s best moment in “Bullets Over Broadway” is his completely revamped version of this masterpiece which takes a Great Depression metaphor and smarts it up the way only Waller ever has – A
Carlene Carter’s last album was 2008’s excellent Stronger and Martina McBride held her own opening for George Strait last month and both are performing cover albums and both are, you know, the real deal
Three songs? That’s it? I sat through knocking on five hours of Jann Wenner’s pomp and circumstance and for what? To see Cat Stevens perform three songs? Enough already Yusef, get off your ass and play the Beacon Theater. Meanwhile., I ended up on Stubhub for Lily Allen’s May 15th gig at Highline Ballroom
The Paisley track is a pleasant take on Bro Country, Carlene is the equal of her original take back in 83, this is the best song (written by the late lamented Robert Palmer) in years, but the remix of “My Love Is Your Love” is completely masterful.
Lonesome Valley 2003 – Carlene Carter – With the help of Vince Gill, Carter mourns her mother the only way she knows how on this moving testament to faith and passages in this update of the 1969 song – B+
Carter Girl – Carlene Carter – Mining her Carter Family history for material, she finds it and sounds better than she ever has on this excellent collection of Carter Family songs plus a coupla ringers. Also, while we knew Vince Gill would be up to the task, so is Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson vocal additions – Album Of The Week – A-