All-Star Duets by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time (2014)
by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Mighty Cord Records, 2014
The list of artists who have recorded songs written by Larry Cordle reads like a who’s who of country music royalty. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, and the late George Jones are just a handful of the household names that have recognized Cordle’s enormous talent and used his songs on their records. On his latest release, All-Star Duets, Cordle calls in a few favors and some of those legends join him on his most popular songs.
One of Cordle’s earliest compositions, “Highway 40 Blues,” was recorded by Ricky Skaggs and went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1983. George Strait’s rendering of Cordle’s famous composition, “Murder on Music Row,” reached #38 on the Hot Country Songs chart despite never being released as a single. In addition to the unsolicited radio airplay, the song was named CMA’s Vocal Event of the Year in 2000 and Song of the Year in 2001. Both songs are included on this release, Skaggs joining Cordle to sing his #1 hit, while Daryle Singletary and Kevin Denney team up with the songwriter to tackle the song made famous by George Strait over a decade ago.
Another high-charting song featured on All-Star Duets is “Mama Don’t Forget to Pray For Me,” which peaked at #9 in the early 1990s for Diamond Rio. Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams reprise their vocal parts during the chorus of the re-recording, with Cordle himself handle vocals during the verses.
Each of the twelve tracks on All-Star Duets is a reminder of Cordle’s abilities as a songwriter, and displays his ability as a singer as well. There is no doubt that he deserves induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and honor that will be bestowed on him April 10 in Lexington. Country music fans would do well to recognize the talent behind some of their favorite songs as displayed on Larry Cordle’s All-Star Duets.
1. Against the Grain (with Garth Brooks)
2. Mama Don’t Forget to Pray For Me (with Diamond Rio)
3. Highway 40 Blues (with Ricky Skaggs)
4. Lonesome Dove (with Trisha Yearwood)
5. The Bigger the Fool (with Del McCoury)
6. The Fields of Home (with Kenny Chesney)
7. Lonesome Standard Time (with Kathy Mattea)
8. Murder on Music Row (with Daryle Singletary and Kevin Denney)
9. You Can’t Take it With You When You Go (with Dierks Bentley)
10. Cure for the Common Heartache (with Terri Clark)
11. Rough Around the Edges (with Travis Tritt)
12. Two Highways (with Alison Krauss)
Posted on April 7, 2015, in music, reviews and tagged country music, Diamond Rio, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Larry Cordle, Lonesome Standard Time, Mighty Cord Records. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.