David Frizzell 2001

Veteran singer/songwriter David Frizzell debuts both his own label and a new duet partner in Peggy Rains, and it's no surprise that this is a stone country affair.

Veteran singer/songwriter David Frizzell debuts both his own label and a new duet partner in Peggy Rains, and it's no surprise that this is a stone country affair. Frizzell's leathery vocals and original material shines—from the lonesome "One Memory at a Time" and "Baby Don't Love Here No More" to the plucky "I Ain't Going If There Ain't No Hank" and the rollicking "You've Just Been Robbed by Jesse James." Acoustic guitars propel the Vern Gosdin-esque "She's Not in My Bed," and on duets, Raines is a nice blend with Frizzell, particularly on the ballad "Could It Be We Fell in Love Tonight." Production is 1970s-era Nashville, complete with female backup vocals and plenty o' steel guitar. It's a solid album from a real pro, but one can't help but wonder if the world really needs an updated version of Frizzell's '82 hit "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home." Contact: 615-320-0150.—RW