So, my Dad brought me up on country music. As a child, Lorrie Morgan was one of the earliest voices I remember hearing, after John Denver, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and KT Oslin. I credit her with being one of the reasons I fell in love with country music, with words, at an early age.
As such, being able to revisit some of these songs for a review all these years later, was a lovely, if slightly strange, experience.
Lorrie Morgan has lived quite a life. The daughter of country music legend, George Morgan, she was devastated by his death when she was just sixteen years old. Tragedy struck again with the loss of her second husband, singer Keith Whitley, when she was in her twenties. She is one of many singers who has created her music with getting her through those dark, difficult times. However, now happily married, a mother and grandmother, it seems the four time country music female vocalist award winner is in a much better place from which to reflect upon her life and her career; this collection does just that.
The album, produced by Matt Legge, contains sixteen tracks; ten are well loved hits and six are new material. However, the ten known tracks are re recorded for the CD. Such classics as Watch Me,Something In Red, Good As I Was To You, Five Minutes, Except For Monday, A Picture Of Me (Without You) and What Part Of No, show Lorrie's multi faceted sound, from ballads to a more country rock edge. What is fascinating is that whilst I am not entirely convinced I love the new versions more than the originals with which I grew up, Lorrie's voice is as strong as ever and the songs haven't dated at all. In fact, if you were to hear them without knowing they were re releases from twenty years ago, you'd likely stop, struck immediately by what great new songs you were hearing. Songs which really have stood the test of time.
These stand along with Lorrie's interpretation of songs by artists such as George Jones, which is emotional to listen to, Tammy Wynette and Dottie West, but I will leave you to find out which songs for yourselves.
Whether a longtime fan of Lorrie or new to her material, this CD is definitely a must listen. I also can't help but wonder if this release and another at the same time, hint if something new on the horizon for her. Perhaps we should watch this space.
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