71. Teddy Thompson—UP FRONT AND DOWN LOW

This may be a somewhat surprising great record. A young up-and-coming British hip folk-rock singer-songwriter with a wonderful voice (and great genes) devotes an entire album to classic American country music. Teddy Thompson honors that music, but makes these into Teddy Thompson songs. And it works marvelously. Chestnuts such as Ernest Tubb’s “Walking the Floor Over You,” George Jones’s “She Thinks I Still Care,” and Merle Haggard’s “(From Now On All My Friends Are Gonna to Be) Strangers,” sound fresh and often quite moving. This a great record to introduce Thompson fans to some great music they might not otherwise know about—and likewise for fans of classic country music.












Verve Forecast, 2007. [All-Music Guide review]

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