As impossible as it seems given Rush's fan and peer popularity during the 60's and early 70's, "What I Know" is the songmaster's first studio recording since 1974's Ladies Love Outlaws".
Legendary at finding just the right songs to capture a time (he is, after all, noted for recording songs by then unknowns such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne as well as Guy Clark and Bruce Cockburn) Rush unveils five originals, including the high steppin' Hot Tonight and the sly One Good Man and puts them alongside Eliza Gilkyson's seductive Fall into the Night and Steve Bruton's poignant Too Many Memories which features a duet with Emmylou Harris. Melanie Dyer & Kim Beard Day's melancholic, yet somewhat humorous What An Old Lover Knows just wouldn't sound the same if sung by anyone else.
Rush mines no new musical territory, sticks to the tried and true, to country-folk-singer/songwriter mode, but that's really not the point. The point is an old friend returns, scarred but not broken, in good humor and grand voice.
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