Mel Tillis

Welcome to Mel Tillis Country

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Mel Tillis left MGM for MCA in 1976, and Welcome to Mel Tillis Country was his last original album for MGM. The album feels like it was cobbled together to fulfill a contractual obligation, but Tillis had hit his stride at this point and could do no wrong. The re-recordings of his Kapp hit "Heart Over Mind" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (which wasn't a hit for Tillis, although he wrote and recorded it in the '60s) are pleasant enough, but Tillis' take on the Johnny Cash rockabilly classic "Rock and Roll Ruby" is pretty exciting. "Come on Home" and "Always Just a Memory Away" were issued on a single but were eclipsed by Tillis' new MCA efforts to such a degree that the single didn't even chart. It's a testament to Tillis' talent that even his half-baked efforts are so worthwhile.