Soulful Irishman Morrison has built his career around exploring the different aspects of American music in its myriad forms — jazz, soul, garage rock and everything in between. But in 2006, he went full country (or at least a bygone representation of it) with Pay the Devil, issued by venerable roots label Lost Highway. In addition to covers of the chestnut "There Stands the Glass" (recorded by Webb Pierce) and Rodney Crowell's "'Til I Can Gain Control Again" (recorded by Emmylou Harris), Pay the Devil features a handful of Morrison's original compositions styled to fit with the classic material. — J.F.
Listen: "Your Cheatin' Heart"