I listened a little to the Amazon samples.
Is there a backing band with a bass, drums, etc. or is it just acoustic guitars strumming?
I bought this when it was released, played it a few times, was not impressed, but your post here will cause me to give ti another go. I love both separately, have seen Shelby many times, Alison twice, but thought, initial impression, they sing/sound better alone than when singing together. But will give it another go, thanks.
Check out "The Hardest Part." It’s a great album and there is a "hidden track" about 30 seconds after the last listed track, "Feeling That Feeling Again," that gives Allison’s version of the events of that night.
I don’t think that Shelby and Allison witnessed the murder/suicide but they were at home at the time.
Allison has just had a tragic life. She married Steve Earle a few years ago and had an autistic son with him. That experience influenced songs like, "Mama Let the Wolf In" on her most recent album, "Down To Believing," which is also a very good album, less country, more rock.
Since Steve is not the kind of guy to stick around and raise an autistic son, the marriage ended in divorce. Allison is a tremendously strong person to have endured all this and be able to carry on. She’s a great singer too. I’d recommend the two albums I’ve mentioned and then explore some of her others if you like what you hear.
Tom, I understand why you would say that about Steve, but the truth of the matter is this: After their breakup, Allison wanted to leave NYC, where the three had been living for quite a while. Steve wanted to stay, and for one reason only---NYC has the best autistic care available. He is very involved in this son's life.
jafant, you’re fond of understatement ;-) ! Steve’s quite an interesting character, very opinionated and outspoken, rubbing some people (including Del McCoury, who cancelled the remaining shows in a tour he and his band were doing with Steve when Steve wouldn’t refrain from using the f-word on stage) the wrong way. I myself love the guy. His current road band is one of the best around, on a par with those of Lucinda Williams (she always has a real good one) and Marty Stuart (The Fabulous Superlatives ROCK!).
I saw that tour with Del McCoury, at the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia, and was completely impressed. I have, however, grown to severely dislike Steve Earle the person, and no longer play his music or go to his shows; he is, to me (and I need forgiveness I suppose for being judgmental of others) a self-centered, selfish, lost nasty human being.
As I said, Steve rubs some the wrong way ;-). I like the fiction book he wrote, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. That is of course a line from the great Hank Williams song of the same title.
The live show Steve did with Del and his band was one of the handful of greatest I ever saw and heard. Steve, Del, and the others all standing around a single stereo mic. Whoever was playing or singing the prominent part stepped closer to the mic, stepping back into line when his part was done. I saw the show at The House Of Blues on Sunset in Hollywood, a great venue.