This inspired pairing of understated bluegrass vocalist Sizemore with the beautifully simplistic lyrics of Tom T.

This inspired pairing of understated bluegrass vocalist Sizemore with the beautifully simplistic lyrics of Tom T. Hall is one tribute that works like a charm, and first-class accompaniment adds punch. Sizemore's skill lies in his subtle power and remarkable tone, and better material simply does not exist. "Mama's Got the Catfish Blues" is a creekbank joy, the ubiquitous Ralph Stanley contributes lonesome harmony to "I'll Never Do Better Than You," a weathered Hall himself weighs in on "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine," and "I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew" rolls gently. It's all good here, including the note-perfect "I Flew Over Our House Last Night," the superbly written hangdog gems "Ballad of Forty Dollars" and "Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn," and the wryly observant "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died." Both Sizemore's vocals and Hall's lyrics are sincere, unpretentious, and remarkably complementary of each other.—RW