January 4, 2009
Being someone who really doesn’t appreciate instrumental albums as much as I probably should, Brad Paisley’s latest instrumental project really hasn’t left a deep impression on me. I don’t hate it, but I don’t especially like it either.
There are, however, a couple of outstanding songs on the album (which uncoincidentally happen to include vocals), in particular, his posthumous duet with Buck Owens. Before his death, Owens wrote “Come On In”, recorded vocals and laid down mandolin and dobro tracks for a demo. Brad Paisley, a friend and scholar of Owens, adds his vocals and expert guitar work to form this lively duet.
While Owens’ voice may be a little deeper and more worn than we’re generally accustomed too, it’s still strong and vibrant here. Moreover, I’m pleased that Paisley has uncovered this gem from the late Buck Owens for us to enjoy.
What’s your recommendation this week?