Sunday, January 1, 2012

Laura Cantrell "Kitty Wells Dresses" (2011)

As the hierarchy of country music stars is reconfigured through modern hipster lenses, Kitty Wells seems to have been forgotten.  She came along too late for the prewar fetishists, & too early for the purely kitsch loving nostagists.   Laura Cantrell, a dj & country music historian, seeks to rectify the situation. 

With the exception of the title track, this is a collection of covers of Kitty Wells songs.  Less a modern "tribute" album, it harkens back to the country tradition of a younger singer recording songs made famous by an earlier performer  (ever look through old country LPs & notice all the ones called " [insert performers name] Sings Hank Williams"?).

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