Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson — Amour
Label: Stony Plains Records
What a solid collection of timeless sentiment, and so sturdily delivered. This is an album that will have you in agreement with every syllable, as it reminds you of how the seemingly simplest of songs can also be the most profound… especially when interpreted and performed by such exciting guitarists as Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson (along with The Tennessee Valentines).
Amour is the first collaboration between Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson, but they play together like they started making music since they first picked up their guitars. They toss off one classic Americana love song after another as if they can read each other’s next move. The effect is oh so satisfying to hear.
There is a bruising reality check superimposed on these covers, with the effect being that it proves the songs are so damn good to begin with that they can take it. In fact, in the hands of Linden & Dickinson, they are better than ever. My personal favorite track is “What Am I Living For?” The version here haunts in just the right way.
The CD was produced by Colin Linden, recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, and features a backing band dubbed “The Tennessee Valentines:” Dominic Davis – bass; Bryan Owings – drums; Fats Kaplin – violin and accordion; and Kevin McKendree – keyboards. Guest vocalists — all of whom add a unique quality to each song they sing — include Billy Swan, Rachel Davis, Ruby Amanfu, Sam Palladio, and Jonathan Jackson.
Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but the essence of that vulnerable, hopeful, blurry, unforgettable, calendar moment is distilled and available in Amour. It just may get you trough the other 364 days of the year.
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Careless Love (Instrumental)
Don’t Let Go
Honest I Do
For The Good Times
What Am I Living For
Forget To Remember To Forget