If you enjoy the variety of music on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion you certainly will enjoy this 18 song CD. Duets features a variety of musical styles and a who's who of American music with the occasional contribution of the man from Lake Wobegon.
All of the tracks here were recorded during the Minnesota Public Radio show but the sound is as crisp as a studio recording. This is especially important when the songs feature a classical guitar: Chet Atkins almost sounds like it is in your living room. In fact, the audience applause at the end of the songs is a bit jarring.
Fans of country, blues, and traditional music would be hard put to come up with a better and more varied collection than Duets. Anybody who is somebody is on this CD: Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, The Everly Brothers, Dan Chouinard, Walter Bobbie, Renee Fleming, and even Meryl Streep and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame.
Those who have listened to A Prairie Home Companion in recent years know that Keillor's singing voice sure ain't what it used to be. Fortunately, he is in fine form on Duets.
I am not enough of a musicologist to identify all the genres featured on this 18 song disc. I am certain however that as long as it ain't rock n' roll it is featured here including some opera with Renee Fleming.
In terms of personal favorite and least favorite. The former is Autumn Leaves and the latter is Next Time I'm In Town.
The one weak point about this American songbook CD is the opening of Banks of Marble where a second of applause is heard at the beginning for no reason.
A Prairie Home Companion Duets Track List:
Blues Stay Away From Me - The Everly Brothers
Early - Keillor & Becky Schlegel
The Oak and The Laurel - Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Banks of Marble - Leo Kottke & Iris DeMent
Autumn Leaves - Chet Atkins & Jethro Burns
Visions of Mother and Dad - Robin and Linda Williams
Barnyard Dance - Bill Hinkley - Judy Larson
Orphan Girl - Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Walter Bobbie - Faith Prince
Fiddlin' Around - Chet Atkins - Johnny Gimble
Under The Stars - Garrison Keillor & Kate MacKenzie
Charlie's Waltz - Richard Dworsky & Anthony Ross
In The Garden - Garrison Keillor - Meryl Streep
Old Fashioned Love - Butch Thompson & Duke Heitger
Hard Times Come Again No More - Keillor & Renee Fleming
Next Time I'M In Town - Keillor, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris
T For Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) The Everly Brothers
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