Lest you're of FAME persuasion, you may not know that Tom T. Hall's 1974 Songs of Fox Hollow, a delightful kid's country record, has been long esteemed and more than a little influential. However, since obviously you're in FAME reading this review, you are indeed of the anointed and thus I needn't tell you this…though I just did. The original LP was actually the result of Tom and Dixie Hall entertaining two nephews at their farm, responding to a barrage of questions put by young minds entranced with Mother Nature and their aunt and uncle's wonderland. Well, Peter Cooper and Eric Brace, reviews of whose other works you can read on this site, decided it was time to reintroduce the venerable old vinyl singularity to a new generation. Those two rarely sit on their hands once an idea enters their collective head, and we can all be grateful for that, because I Love is a gem.
Lemme say right off the bat that it's impossible to pick a favorite, so lovingly are these tunes rendered, but I already have a soft spot for Brace & Last Train Home's rendition of The Mysterious Fox of Fox Hollow, a melancholy cut of languid beauty giving a short lesson in the pecking order of the animal kingdom. The entire CD is a roots-church parish of great names and players sitting in with the basic foursome of Lloyd Green, Jen Gunderman, Mike Bub, and Mark Horn: Duane Eddy, Bobby Bare, Patty Griffin, etc…and even Tom T. was thrilled when Eddy turned up to cover his work. Who wouldn't be? There's an abundance of humor and warmth invading every second of this track-by-track replica/tribute, all of it wrought by musicians still enchanted by the LP, lo these 37 years later.
Tired of all the stress and tumult of our increasingly troubled times? Well, neighbor, let Dr. Tucker prescribe a panacea: I Love Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow. It's inexpensive, over the counter, and not only a remedy and smile-inducer but rejuvenating and damn good for the heart. More, how many medicines do you know of that, once you've used it, can be applied again and again without ever costing you a red cent more? Let the AMA and President Obama think about *that*! Health care reform? Got it right here.
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