Despite her lack of real commercial success, George Jones once called Merle Haggard’s ex-wife Leona Williams “the greatest female singer to have ever stepped up to a microphone” – a quotation she naturally likes to repeat. She was also one of his chosen duet partners in Ladies’ Choice, the duet album he did with assorted female singers in 1985. On her own New Patches album on Heart of Texas a few years back, Leona included a warmhearted tribute to Jones and his wife Nancy, and her latest venture is a full-scale tribute album to the man she, and I, would call the greatest country singer of all time.She resurrects that original tribute song, ‘Ol’ George’ (which she also wrote), as the lead-in to a nice set of covers of some of Jones’s greatest hits, given traditional country arrangements.
New album from guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Spencer, original member of Peter Green s Fleetwood Mac and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. On Bend In The Road, Spencer sounds as authentically tasty and fiery as he ever was, only displaying a far wider guitar palette, insight and conviction that have continued to evolve since his long absence from the public eye. On Bend In The Road, impeccable Blues and Rock rendering remain intact and vibrant, one can hear an expansive range of influences from Django to Marty Robbins, and Jeremy plays them effortlessly and seamlessly making them his own.