What Are We Doin' Lonesome, recorded in 1982 -- seven years after Ferlin Husky's last chart hit -- may be his final nationally distributed studio album. Thankfully the producer made no attempt to place Husky in a schlocky "modern" context; the instrumentation is straight country with plenty of steel guitar and fiddle. The title track was a major hit for Larry Gatlin in 1981, but Husky's vocals sound aged and a little wobbly. The entire album is devoted to covers of big country hits like Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It," which may have been a bid for instant appeal but leaves no surprises for the listener. What Are We Doin' Lonesome isn't an embarrassing album, but is far from Husky's best work.
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