Drew's Famous

Drew's Famous Country Western Party Music [2002]

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Drew's Famous Country Western Party Music collects 16 re-recorded versions of country and country-themed hits, including "Achy Breaky Heart," "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," and "Okie From Muskogee." Nearly all of the versions are stiff and canned-sounding, although in the case of "Cotton Eye Joe," a cover of Rednex's dance-country novelty hit, it's not much of a change from the original. The track listing is very odd, bypassing many country hits for a version of the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies and a cover of Queen's not-very-country-at-all "This Thing Called Love" and a version of Woody Guthrie's folk anthem "This Land Is Your Land." However, the collection also features some surprisingly not-bad versions of bluegrass and old-timey songs such as "Man of Constant Sorrow," "Rocky Top," and "Orange Blossom Special." The version of Tracy Byrd's "Watermelon Crawl" is another highlight, a straightforwardly performed rendition of a catchy country single that is all too rare on this album. Drew's Famous Country Western Party Music is both too eclectic and too derivative for its own good.

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