Whether country music tributes succeed or fail, they almost always err on the side of caution – keeping it trad even when saluting artists who mixed it up. Let's cheer Shooter Jennings, then, for an EP dedicated to the late great George Jones that surprises with synthesized twinkles and bass lines nicked from Giorgio Moroder – the Italian disco wizard Jennings has said he discovered while listening to last year's Daft Punk album. A Moroder-themed counterpart is supposed to be coming in January, but in the meantime, don't sleep on the Jennings original "Living in a Minor Key": Its arrangement is nothing fancy, but its songwriting holds up against the classic covers that follow.
Courtesy Black Country Rock
From The Archives Issue 1215: August 14, 2014