Buddy Miller & Friends – Cayamo Sessions At Sea

12644635_10153799827056181_6550584823147999358_nSadly I didn’t win the mega multi-million lottery jackpot recently.  Had I done so I may have been seeking a spot on this years Cayamo Cruise that leaves Miami on the 31 January 2016 and sails to the Tortola islands.

To accompany and entertain you are many familiar faces; Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Steve Earle and Jason Isbell, amongst many others.

The trips are so popular that a waiting list has been introduced. However for the unlucky ones amongst us Buddy Miller has released an album recorded on board the ship in a makeshift studio.

The songs were recorded on board the cruise ship in 2014 and 2015 whilst those tours were taking place.

For those not familiar with Miller he is a Nashville-based musician, producer, country music DJ and songwriter. He is executive producer on the ABC TV series “Nashville” and has worked with most of the leading names in the country music industry.

This album is a selection of covers featuring many names that will be very familiar to UK audiences. We have contributions from Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams, amongst others.

The songs are mainly classic country songs. There isn’t anything that will greatly appeal to the newage country fans. We have Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty tracks alongside a Johnny Cash track “Sunday Morning Coming Down” recorded here by the songwriter Kris Kristofferson. However, quality is timeless and the songs get the remakes they so obviously merit.

Miller allows his guest artists to have the limelight. For the most part he stays in the background.

Kacey Musgraves features on Buck Owen’s ‘Love’s Gonna Live Here’. She has imposed her trademark, pure country, honky-tonk style and she totally makes it her own.

I don’t suppose Miller had too many refusals for his invitation to partake in the project. This was fairly obviously a labour of love for Buddy Miller and the artists who contributed. His reputation in the industry is well known.

If your country music taste extends to the more traditional side of our spectrum you will love this album. It won’t be played heavily on modern US country radio but you cannot deny the quality of this collection and it deserves recognition.

Having regard to this year’s line-up I hope that Part 2 of this interesting concept will materialise.

 

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