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Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe

Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fiesta Red Records
  • ASIN: B008LZH9Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lately I've Let Things Slide (Caitlin Rose)
2. Don't Lose Your Grip On Love (The Parson Red Heads)
3. All Men Are Liars (Robert Ellis)
4. I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass (Amanda Shires)
5. Marie Provost (Jeff The Brotherhood)
6. (I'm Gonna Start) Living Again If It Kills Me (Hayes Carll)
7. Lover Don't Go (Erin Enderlin)
8. When I Write The Book (The Unsinkable Boxer)
9. You Make Me (Colin Gilmore)
10. Heart Of The City (Chatham County Line)
11. What's Shakin' on the Hill (Lori McKenna)
12. Cracking Up (Griffin House)
13. Where's My Everything? (Ron Sexsmith)

Editorial Reviews

Nick Lowe has mined the various strains of American popular music, purposefully ignoring the lines demarking separate genres. Among the most prevalent influences on his style has been country music. On Lowe Country 13 artists--most of them up-and-coming and/or left-of-center-interpret songs from Lowe's 4½-decade career. These artists are the leading lights of a new generation who use classic country music as a springboard for their unique musical explorations. In these new, never before released tunes, they vividly display Lowe's trademarks: catchy melodies; clever word play and wit; a sense of fun and musical adventure; and the appropriate delivery of a lyric, whether it be outlandish or heartbreaking.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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A gathering of young Americana artists "cover" Lowe's hits and lesser known songs.

I just returned from the Americana Music Conference in Nashville where I had the chance to see (and hear) some of the songs on this new tribute album performed live by some of the artists on this CD. (The performance also aired on Sirrus/XM). Listening to this CD brought back those performances (by Caitlin Rose, Robert Ellis and Collin Gilmore - Jimmie Dale Gilmore's singer/songwriter son - all of who I discovered at the AMC. The fourth person on the concert was the superb singer/violinist Amanda Shires, who I've loved for year (and highly recommend her CD.)

The 13 tracks - by 13 artists - cover British rock star Nick Lowe (whose big hits were "Cruel To Be Kind" and "(What's So Funny `Bout) Peace Love and Understanding", neither of which gets covered here) in songs written between 1972 and 2001. The only artists I was familiar with were Lori McKenna, Hayes Carll and Ron Sexsmith. I do wish the packaging had more info about artists like Erin Enderlin, The Unstable Boxer and Griffin House (whose track - "Cracked Up" - sounds like it was recorded in an echo chamber). All the songs are Lowe solo comps except "When I Write The Book" (cowrite with fellow Britisher Dave Edmunds and two others) and "(I'm Gonna Start) Living Again if it Kills me", where Lowe and Edmunds partnered with Lowe's then-wife Carlene Carter. The most familiar titled on this dis is probably "All Men Are Liars", for which Robert Ellis gives a great performance.

The 42-minute CD was recorded in both Texas and Nashville and proceeds from the sale will benefit both the Nashville Rising flood relief fund and The Central Texas Wildlife Fund.

Though Lowe was British he was fascinated by American Country music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-quality Lowe [4 and a half stars] November 19, 2013
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Scoping Nick Lowe's available CD catalog I belatedly stumbled upon this album from 14 months ago which features only one artist whose work I knew at all. But since that artist in the lead-off position is Caitlin Rose doing "Lately I've Been Letting Things Slide" from Lowe's 2001 "The Convincer" album, I was intrigued enough to give this CD of all new recordings a whirl. Good thing I did, for though there are a few pedestrian interpretations of Lowe here, this is overall a solid marriage of a younger generation of country, alt-country, alt-rock, roots and Americana artists and the quirky, catchy lyrical and musical brilliance of England's Nick Lowe. Nothing can top the originals, but that's beside the point. This is a tribute to the artistry of Lowe and the extent to which his music and message are of such relevance and appeal that they translate effortlessly to a new generation of independent-minded artists willing to step away from the assembly line.

In the large majority of cases here the artists render suitable homage to the words while putting their own often alluring and off-beat spins to the timeless tunes. Ian Gomm, the co-writer of Lowe's biggest U.S. hit single "Cruel to Be Kind" is right, however, when he points out that it was "a definite mistake" not to include Kelly Harmon's version of the song that was specifically recorded for this project. It's a deliciously quirky and somewhat "out-there" rendition superior to several cuts that made it onto this disc in my book (including the just-OK "When I Write the Book" by The Unsinkable Boxer). You can catch it on YouTube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! February 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Who doesn't love Nick Lowe!?
Great artists doing their renditions of his classics as well as lesser-known tunes.
And it's raising money for a good cause!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No 'Cruel To Be Kind'? November 11, 2012
By I. Gomm
Format:Audio CD
Why didn't Gary Burnette include Kelsey Harmon's version of 'Cruel To Be Kind', recorded for but left off this album. A definite mistake methinks!!
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