Barrence Whitfield / Tom Russell

Cowboy Mambo

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Fans of Hillbilly Voodoo, the fine first collaboration between country-soul singer Barrence Whitfield and folkie Tom Russell, will not be disappointed by this follow-up. Once again, Russell skillfully handles production chores, and once again, he leaves the spotlight to Whitfield, who turns in a dozen high-spirited, live-in-the-studio-sounding performances. The inspired program of tunes taps writers ranging from the Band's Robbie Robertson ("Daniel and the Sacred Harp") to Nashville outlaws like Steve Earle ("The Devil's Right Hand") and Gram Parsons ("Brass Buttons"). There are also several contributions from Russell, including the title cut and the affecting "Home Before Dark." (Note: Though difficult to find in stores, this album is available from Dark Angel Records, P.O. Box 16083, Shawnee, KS 66203, (800) 327-5264.)

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