Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury (Kacey Jones)
To the general public the name Mickey Newbury may not ring much of a bell, but his songs do: Who hasn't heard Elvis Presley's powerful rendition of "American Trilogy"? Country fans certainly are aware of the wry, heartbreaking irony Jerry Lee Lewis delivered so effectively on "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," as well as Don Gibson's poignant rendering of "Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings," and the whacked-out psychedelia that launched Kenny Rogers's career, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." On her tribute to this late, great American singer-songwriter, Kacey Jones dispenses with the slightly bawdy comedy she has built a career on (check out her hilarious live album, Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead) and relies on her husky alto. With her bluesy drawl, a swaggering attitude, and a tender texture, it's all the better to explore the multitude of shadings Newbury could work into a single song. A gospel choir, bursts of horn exclamations, a barrelhouse piano, and some stinging electric guitar turn "Apples Dipped in Candy" into a sultry, ecstatic experience, somewhere between the church and the juke joint. A simple, stark acoustic guitar figure and a droning cello set the ambience for her searching, restrained exploration of one of Newbury's most complex and moving lyrics, "Some Memories Are Better Left Alone." Jones's readings are note perfect, the rich arrangements are beautifully conceived, and the soul of Mickey Newbury lives again, vivid as ever in his timeless, literate songs.
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