This master storyteller from Texas has put together eleven new songs for us in a wide-ranging variety of styles. They go from delicate finger picked folk, to rock, to country weeper and on. Though the styles vary the disc retains a cohesiveness that is strong and solid. He is known as the brother of the roadhouse rocking Charlie Robison (who is married to Emily, one of The Dixie Chicks, the brother of Robyn Ludwick (or maybe she is know as the sister to these two brothers since she is the newcomer in this musical family), and he is the husband of country singer, Kelly Willis. It must be one hell of a musical excursion and all around good time when the family gathers for dinner. Even on this disc with Kelly providing some really touching and heart felt harmony vocals on a number of songs, you get a feeling of how deep the musical roots are. Then to have bands that include the likes of professionals such as Floyd Domino on keyboards, George Rains on drums, David Grissom on electric guitar, and Al Perkins on steel guitar (to name but a few of the many), must make the recording process almost a dream. But the focus here is on the songs and the stories they contain. He wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 11 and picked to cover songs by other master story tellers such as Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter, and Webb Pierce. He picks different points of view from which to base his stories, look at Don't Call It Love" and it seems as if he has stepped out of his own skin/gender to do the telling from a woman's point of view. A strong new disc from this Texas Troubadour.
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