01. From Here To The Moon & Back (With Dolly Parton)
02. She Was No Good For Me (With Miranda Lambert)
03. It Won’t Be Very Long (With The Secret Sisters)
04. Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends (With Rosanne Cash)
05. Far Away Places (With Sheryl Crow)
06. Bloody Mary Morning (With Wynonna Judd)
07. Always On My Mind (With Carrie Underwood)
08. Somewhere Between (With Loretta Lynn)
09. No Mas Amor (With Alison Krauss)
10. Back To Earth (With Melonie Cannon)
11. Grandma’s Hands (With Mavis Staples)
12. Walkin’ (With Norah Jones)
13. Till The End Of The World (With Shelby Lynne)
14. Will You Remember Mine (With Lily Meola)
15. Dry Lightning (With Emmylou Harris)
16. Making Believe (With Brandi Carlile)
17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain (With Paula Nelson)
18. After The Fire Is Gone (With Tina Rose)
Austin’s Sam Baker may just have written most painful song of the year. A song that asks, “What would make a person leave and not come back? Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you.” Every time I hear “Angel Hair” it breaks me in two. You should go buy “Cotton” just to support a singer-songwriter who could create a song full of such profound beauty.
But there’s more than just one great song here. You also get a nifty little reworking of the old classic, “Dixie,” the rousing title track, and a handful of songs full of characters and concepts that are so well drawn they sound like a country version of Tom Waits’ diary.
This, the third album of a trilogy, is easily one of the best records of the year. Every note, every lyrical line, every well-placed background singer, is placed with precision, like a hand-crafted sculpture. Baker’s vocal style is understated, like Bill Callahan, but he knows just when to bring in the gospel to fill in where he cannot, like on the title track. I don’t think I’ve made this statement before: This is a perfect record.