Thereís a lot to like about this album. Diana Jones has a great voice, writes great songs and is also a talented instrumentalist as well. There literally isnít a bad song on the album. The first time I listened to the album, I listened twice through without stopping. Itís that good.
Diana plays guitar, some mandolin and fiddle and is backed by a stellar cast of musicians. Duke Levine, one of the most in demand session instrumentalists around, adds lead electric, acoustic and national steel guitar as well as mandolin and mandola. Lorne Entress sits in on drums and percussion, Bob Dick on bass, the great Jay Ungar on fiddle, Jane Karras adds guitar on one cut and Ferron makes a guest appearance on harmony vocals. The caliber of these musicians is another testament to Jonesí ability.
On an album like this with virtually no weaknesses, itís hard to single out favorites. The opening cut, Pretty Girl, about some of the drawbacks of being one, is a particularly good start to the album. The next cut, My Beloved, a traditional sounding song of love lost, is also very strong. Another standout is Pony with Ferron providing harmony vocals. The only complaint here is that her harmonies are pretty far back in the mix and are not quite distinct enough. The songís a sad statement about the conditions under which native Americans must grow up and live. Cold Grey Ground another traditional style song features some stark fiddle playing by Jones which adds to the funereal quality of the piece. I could go on but suffice it to say that there are lots more examples of Jonesí excellent songwriting on the My Remembrance of You.
Jones takes whatís best of folk and country music and blends it together to create some really outstanding music. This album is definitely destined for my ďBest of 2006" list and I suspect it will show up on othersí lists as well.
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