Brennen Leigh In Store Performance

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Cactus Music says
Austin’s prolific singer and songwriter Brennen Leigh follows her last, and superb in case you missed it, album– Before The World Was Made (with Noel McKay) with a tribute to Lefty Frizzell. This marks a change for Leigh who usually records her own material, but her detour form the norm she credits to “Lefty’s method; the way he chose to develop that talent, his unique style and perseverance.”

Every bit as important as Hank Williams, Lefty has been, and continues to be, a major influence on Haggard, Whitley, and just about any singer of ‘real’ country music you care to name, but rarely receives the credit he deserves. Generally, Brennen Leigh has avoided the more obvious choices from Lefty’s vast catalogue, but does include I Love You A Thousand Ways, Saginaw Michigan, and Mom And Dad’s Waltz, and for the recording has rounded up some of Austin’s finest such as Brad Fordham on bass, Lisa Pankratz on drums, and T Jarrod Bonta on piano. Ted Roddy plays harmonica and even Roger Wallace is present as one of the backing quartet. The lap steel is courtesy of Chris Scruggs and the production is crisp and lively. They all seem to be enjoying themselves, especially on What You Gonna Do, Leroy.

I could hear I Love You A Thousand Ways a thousand times and I don’t think I’d tire of it, and the song has been cut by a variety of artists over the years but this version is right up there wit the best of them. Leigh has never sounded better and T Jarrod’s piano is perfect. How Far Down Can I Go was also recorded by Porter Wagoner as more of a honky tonker but the version here is closer to Lefty’s stone country cut. It’s one of those songs, like so much of Lefty’s material, that should have been covered more. The same could be said of the waltzing You Don’t Have To Be Present To Win and one of my favourite Lefty songs, You Want Everything But Me.

Listening to this album encouraged me to give the Lefty Frizzell Bear Family boxed set an airing, but that’s not to take anything away from Brennen Leigh. This is a heartfelt recording of truly great songs by one of the most important artists in the history of country music made by people with a genuine appreciation of Lefty’s work and place in history and it couldn’t really have been done any better. I approve wholeheartedly, and more importantly, I think Lefty would too.
Duncan Warwick
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By: Cactus Music

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