Written by Jim Rushing
#1 (1 week)
April 19, 1986
Much like with his former bandleader Emmylou Harris’ live album a few years earlier, Ricky Skaggs was uniquely positioned to make a compelling live album. His own stellar band supported his already impressive musicianship, and his history of balancing classic and new material lent itself well to incorporating songs that hadn’t been included on previous albums.
“Cajun Moon” was written upon Skaggs’ own request to writer Jim Rushing, and it’s understandable why he’d want a Cajun-flavored track in his set list. His band gets a chance to cut loose, and he gets to sing in two languages on the same record. It’s the band’s work that’s most compelling here, though Skaggs’ initially tentative vocal blossoms when it reaches the chorus. His French pronunciations are awkward, but when he goes pure country with the melody, all is forgiven.
Live in London is one of the most compelling live albums of its era, and is worth seeking out.
“Cajun Moon” gets a B+.
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