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Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce

  • In the Jailhouse Now [Columbia, 1982] A-

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In the Jailhouse Now [Columbia, 1982]
The strained nasality of Pierce's endless string of '50s honky-tonk hits hasn't aged especially well, but his voice sure has--any suggestion of the callow or awkward is long since gone, which means that for somebody who wasn't there (like me and probably you), some of these remakes sound tougher and more vibrant than the originals. And the originals are honky-tonk standards for a reason. A-