Billy Strange

Strange Country

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Recorded in the 1960s (the liner notes do not specify the exact date), this was a sessionman supersession of sorts, also featuring Joe Maphis on banjo, Tommy Tedesco on second guitar, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums. Strange offers fluid, crisp instrumental interpretations of a mixed bag of folk and pop tunes, including not only "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" and "Green, Green," but also compositions by Lee Hazlewood, Jimmy Bond, and Rod McKuen. It's like a marriage of bluegrass picking with pop arrangements, and as of the late '90s was the most readily available recording of Strange's vintage work.

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