Country Music People March 2019 - Page 39

COLIN LINDEN & LUTHER DICKINSON with the TENNESSEE VALENTINES Amour  COUNTRY GROOVES We Specialise in Real Country Music! Hundreds of hard to find Country LPs and CDs, from the fifties right up to the present day. All at bargain prices Careless Love (2 versions) / Don’t Let Go / Honest I Do / Crazy Arms / For The Good Times / Lover Please / What Am I Living For / Dearest Darling / I Forgot To Remember To Forget Producer: Colin Linden Stony Plain 44.47 Send us your e-mail address to countrygrooves9@gmail. com or send a large SAE to: Roger Wheatley 6 Pilgrims Place Reigate RH2 9LF Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson are master guitarists, known respectively for their work in Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the North Mississippi Allstars. They wanted to make an album together and so they have formed the Tennessee Valentines, which includes Fats Kaplin on violin and guitar. As Colin Linden works on the Nashville TV series, he has asked Sam Palladio (Crazy Arms) and Jonathan Jackson (I Forgot To Remember To Forget) for guest vocals. The album starts with a powerful, in-your-face workout of Careless Love with Colin on dobro and Luther on electric guitar. Later in the album there is a second, equally good workout with Rachael Davis taking the vocal, The songs are mostly well-known and come from country, folk, R&B, blues and rock’n’roll sources. The intention is to show they are all part of Americana. Certainly the tracks are fit well together and the new arrangements have been cleverly developed. If anything, they have been given the slow, languorous treatment that we identify with the Cowboy Junkies. The Junkies’ influence can be heard especially on two tracks. There is a seven minute workout of Kris Kristofferson’s For The Good Times with Ruby Amanfu’s fine vocal being performed alongside a ponderous yet compelling drumbeat from Bryan Owings. Most of all, I love the eerie treatment of I Forget To Remember To Forget in which Colin and Luther are said to be playing in “outer space”. The album bills “the legendary Billy Swan”. Billy Swan isn’t legendary – if he is, then what word are you going to use for Willie Nelson? The legendary Billy Swan gives his song Lover Please a rockabilly treatment which suits it fine. All the songs in this collection are romantic. If you are looking for a belated Valentine’s gift, this could be ideal. Spencer Leigh MARCH 2019 - cmp 39