Dirty Laundry

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Mar 142009
 


A fellow DJ liked this CD so much he renamed his show to “Dirty Laundry.” When I heard this I knew I had to have the CD and I wasn’t disappointed. Twenty four tracks of black artists taking a soul approach to country music. What’s impressive about this collection is not how the artists interpret the songs, for the most part they sing the songs in a R&B/soul style as they do all their other songs. What’s impressive is that these country songs stand up so well when done as soul songs. There isn’t a single track that disappoints on this CD, but the highlight tracks would have to be Candi Staton covering Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” James Brown covering Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and Solomon Burke covering Don Gibson’s country classic “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” There is also a second compilation, “More Dirty Laundry,” which is also very good. It’s highlights include Ike and Tina Turner covering “Don’t Believe Nothin’,” and Joe Tex covering “Trying to Win Your Love.