Regarded by many as one of country's most potent moaners ever, Webb Pierce receives reverent tribute on this multi-artist Audium release produced by Pierce disciple Gail Davies.

Regarded by many as one of country's most potent moaners ever, Webb Pierce receives reverent tribute on this multi-artist Audium release produced by Pierce disciple Gail Davies. Those bravely interpreting the Pierce songbook represent an intriguing mix of current mavericks and seasoned veterans. Highlights are numerous, including a rollicking "In the Jailhouse Now" from Dale Watson, Mandy Barnett's pining "Slowly," Rosie Flores' swinging take on "I Ain't Never," and, predictably, a mournful, note-perfect rendition of "Yes, I Know Why" from George Jones. Dwight Yoakam is appropriately self-pitying on "If You Were Me (And I Were You)," and Joy Lynn White and Robbie Fulks offer up a hopeful "Tupelo County Jail." Elsewhere, Guy Clark knows whereof he speaks on "Honky Tonky Song," and BR549 kill "There Stands the Glass." Emmylou Harris, Billy Walker, Pam Tillis, Trent Summar, and others turn in strong performances, but the collection also fetes killer songwriting from such legends as Mel Tillis, Merle Kilgore, Jones, and Pierce and delivers top-notch backing vocals from the Jordanaires and the Carol Lee Singers. Davies' production is authentic and respectful, the musicianship is stellar, and at a generous 21 cuts, this tribute blows many others away.—RW