March 27, 2008

Chuck Prophet - Dreaming Waylon's Dreams (2008)

An album version of the 33 1/3 series of books is an intriguing concept. Still, a straight-ahead cover of a classic album could go horribly wrong, but Chuck Prophet and company seem to have approached this with the right amount respect and irreverence. He adds his own laid-back, worn vocals and sliding psychedelic guitar to some already fantastic songs, updating "Waymore's Blues" for a more weary and cynical world. Co-conspirator Stephanie Finch contributes an excellent version of "Let's All Help The Cowboys (Sing The Blues)". It won't replace your copy of Dreaming My Dreams, but it may make you go back and appreciate it again.