Jimmie Dale Gilmore is the type of artist I could listen to all day, every day. There are few singer/songwriters who make better
So with low expectations I cracked open the case and pulled the liner notes. I immediately noticed that fellow Flatlanders member and
Isn’t it just amazing how having a little background information about something can totally turn your attitude around on things?
So now that I’ve forgiven Jimmie for his track selection, I thought I might take a listen. It’s really hard for me to describe how much I love this record. It easily makes my top five records of 2005 and is certainly the best country album released this year.
It’s rare that a record of cover songs, and especially ones as prolifically recorded as these, can feel so new. And it only took one listen to hook me. This album is greatness from front to back. There are no throwaways or B-side quality songs on this record.
Gilmore’s voice is the main reason for my lavish praise. His sweet and, at the same time, haunting tenor tones really give these old songs new life. Gilmore’s voice is so personal and full of emotion, he could make “Happy Birthday to You” sound beautiful.
Jimmie’s and his band’s (which includes Joe Ely) playing is exceptional. These guys really “act like they’ve been there before.” Ely’s arrangements are very clean and crisp. Instruments are used with purpose, and not just as a layering effect as is done on many modern country records. The mix is very clean, too, with just enough of everything at just the right levels.
I don’t know what else to say about Come on Back except that anyone with an interest in country music or
Brian Gilmore would certainly be pleased.
- “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down” by Harlan Howard
” by Bill Anderson & Don Wayne "Saginaw, Michigan
- “Standin' on the Corner (Blue Yodel No. 9)” by Jimmie Rodgers
- “Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” by Slim Willett
- “Four Walls” by George Campbell & Marvin Moore
- “I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive” by Fred Rose & Hank Williams
- “Walking the Floor Over You” by Ernest Tubb
- “I'm Movin' On” by Hank Snow
- “Don't Worry 'Bout Me” by Marty Robbins
- “Train of Love” by Johnny Cash
- “Jimmie Brown the Newsboy” by A.P. Carter
- “Gotta Travel On” by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar & Tom Six
- “Peace in the Valley” by Thomas A. Dorsey