FAME Review |01.22.2014

For some reason, it’s nowhere near well enough landmarked that Ray Charles damn near reconverted country music with his jaw-droppingly soulful renditions of standards and near-standards. If for some reason, dear reader, you’re not familiar, grab the marvelous but out-of-print Rhino box Ray Charles: The Complete Country and Western Recordings 1959-1986. Be careful, though, as it may take weeks to recover from such swoonily brilliant readings. After his lead, however, hardly any African-Americans followed in his footsteps, but now Kandia Crazy Horse has taken the mantel…but in a completely different direction, and it’s well past time someone did what she’s doing. – Mark S. Tucker for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange



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