Keen, Robert Earl / Happy Prisoner -- The Bluegrass Sessions
Album:Happy Prisoner -- The Bluegrass Sessions Collection:Country
Artist:Keen, Robert Earl Added:Feb 2015

A-File Activity
Add Date:2015-02-06 Pull Date:2015-04-10 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
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Album Review
Reviewed 2015-02-01 
Robert Earl Keen
“Happy Prisoner – The Bluegrass Sessions”
Label: Dualtone Records
Reviewed 2/1/15

Fine new release by Robert Earl Keen featuring his takes on 15 mostly well-known
bluegrass classics. Most tracks have a funky, spare jug band sound. Lots to like.

1 – (3:27) Hot Corn, Cold Corn* Funky jug-band version, cool frailed banjo.
2 – (3:58) 52 Vincent Black Lightning* Excellent mid cover of Richard Thompson classic.
3 – (3:14) Footprints In The Snow* Great up-tempo version, really fine.
4 – (2:54) 99 Years For One Dark Day* Fine bouncy rendition, w/Peter Rowan on vocals.
5 – (3:36) East Virginia Blues Good mid-tempo version, pretty.
6 – (3:47) Poor Ellen Smith* Slow & spare, haunting, excellent.
7 – (3:51) Long Black Veil Good workmanlike version of this classic song.
8 – (3:17) This World Is Not My Home Decent mid ragtime version, pretty good.
9 – (4:26) T For Texas* W/Lyle Lovett here, who is fantastic!
10 – (1:38) Peter Rowan Intro* Interesting spoken word intro to the next track.
11 – (4:39) Walls Of Time* Fine vocals & playing here, really nicely done.
12 – (3:13) White Dove Decent rendition of the Carter Stanley song.
13 – (2:58) Old Home Place Mid-tempo, just OK.
14 – (2:46) Twisted Laurel* Pretty & slow nostalgic ballad.
15 – (4:13) Wayfaring Stranger* Slow version w/Natalie Maines contributing vocals.

Track Listing
1.Hot Corn, Cold Corn 8.This World Is Not My Home
2.52 Vincent Black Lightning 9.T For Texas
3.Footprints In The Snow 10.Peter Rowan Intro
4.99 Years For One Dark Day 11.Walls Of Time
5.East Virginia Blues 12.White Dove
6.Poor Ellen Smith 13.Old Home Place
7.Long Black Veil 14.Twisted Laurel
 15.Wayfaring Stranger