Tributes rarely get better than this, a country music masterpiece.
Tributes rarely get better than this, a country music masterpiece. Robbie Fulks' masterfully assembled set not only fetes Paycheck's hits, but it also wisely gives a nod to lesser-known (and some would say superior) early material from the Lil' Darlin' label. This is an inspired, diverse cast, whether it's titans like a fiery George Jones ("She's All I Got") or a reverent Larry Cordle ("Old Violin"). Much of this disc's greatness comes from unexpected places: Neko Case on a rousing "If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might As Well Go to the Bottom)," Al Anderson's sparse "Someone to Give My Love To," Fulks and Gail Davies on the stone country "Shakin' the Blues" and the great Dallas Wayne's stirring tremolo on "I Did the Right Thing." Bobby Bare Jr. delivers a boozy take on "Motel Time Again," and his daddy teams with Radney Foster, Buck Owens and Jeff Tweedy on a thoroughly kick-ass "Take This Job and Shove It." Need we say more?—RW