My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

The year of the tribute

rosanne cash - the listSeveral of my favorite artists have chosen 2009 as the year to pay tribute to the songs and artists that built country music as a commercial genre, and made it the American art form it is today.  Collections from Wynonna and Tanya Tucker released earlier this year have both contained songs from the Great American Songbook as well as classic country numbers, but they were decidedly different takes on not only the song selection, but the arrangements themselves.  Wynonna took a more jazzy approach, reflecting her own broad stylings in recent years, while Tanya chose a more traditional approach, but still infused the songs with the inimitable personality that is Tanya Tucker.  I would imagine taking standards, re-recording them to make your own, while still paying tribute to the original is no easy task.  But Tanya and Wynonna did it ably and created excellent albums in the process.

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This past week saw the release of Rosanne Cash’s The List, on Manhattan Records, her take on the same kind of songs that Wynonna and Tanya did, in some cases celebrating the same writers and artists. For example, all three albums contain a Hank Williams song, with Wynonna tackling ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’, Tanya taking on ‘Lovesick Blues’ and Cash offering her rendition of ‘Take These Chains From My Heart’.  Likewise, Merle Haggard is represented on all three, as a songwriter and artist with his own compositions, ‘Are The Good Times Really Over’, ‘Ramblin’ Fever’, and ‘Silver Wings’ all being re-recorded for these collections of covers.


It’s hard to pick favorites among these, since I am a big fan of all three artists, and of the songs in general.  Each album is tied to its creators’ own unique style, which is also a testament to their artistic integrity as well as the universal appeal of the songs themselves.  Timeless music will forever sound relevant to the ears of those who are hearing it for the first time, and thanks to Wynonna, Tanya Tucker, and Rosanne Cash, many of us have been introduced to the timeless standards that made country music.

You can read our reviews of Tanya Tucker’s My Turn and Wynonna’s Sing: Chapter 1 and also check out The 9513’s review of Rosanne Cash’s The List.

And check out the music video for ‘I’m Movin’ On’, from Cash’s The List


2 responses to “The year of the tribute

  1. Michael October 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    And Lorrie Morgan will be releasing her own covers album later this month!

  2. Leeann Ward October 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Of these tributes/covers, Cash’s is my favorite with Tucker’s behind it. I couldn’t really get into Wy’s album.

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