Various Artists / Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson
Album: Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson   Collection:Country
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2023
Label:Easy Eye Sound  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-03-30 Pull Date: 2023-06-01 Charts: Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending: Jun 4 May 28 May 21 May 14 May 7 Apr 30 Apr 23 Apr 9
Airplays: 1 2 1 3 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 15, 2023: Traditions
4. May 27, 2023: Music Casserole
I Just Came Home To Count the Memories
2. Jun 09, 2023: Totally A
Seminole Wind
5. May 24, 2023: That's not Bluegrass
Would You Catch a Falling Star
3. Jun 07, 2023: That's not Bluegrass
6. May 20, 2023: Music Casserole

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2023-03-07

An assortment of notable singers cover songs associated with John Anderson. Though Anderson is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, surprisingly few of the songs here were written by him, but most were hits for him, mostly in the 1980s & 90s. There are a few newer songs, including #2, co-written by Anderson with Dan Auerbach, who also produced the album. But for the featured singers, there’s a disappointing lack of information provided.

FCC clean

1 * mid-slow. John Prine sings sad & rueful nostalgia about an old girlfriend (3:22)
2 * mid-tempo. Sierra Ferrell’s lovely voice provides advice about looking forward (2:59)
3 ** slow dance tempo. Brent Cobb warns about living too wild. A touch of Cajun (3:06)
4 mid-tempo. Nathaniel Rateliff belts out Southern country rock; nice guitar solo (3:47)
5 mid-tempo. mainstream country music with much twang by Eric Church; yawn (4:05)
6 *** very slow, reflective ballad. Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings are stunning as always; usually very spare with just two guitars, here they’re backed by gorgeous strings (4:06)
7 ** mid-tempo. Tyler Childers sings about bootlegging in neo-trad mountain style (2:34)
8 mid-tempo country rock by Luke Combs about destruction of the Everglades (4:38)
9 mid-slow breakup song with Sturgill Simpson; sort of a country “Thrill Is Gone” (3:50)
10 Brothers Osborne (a recent country-rock duo, not the 60s bluegrass group) awkwardly attempt Bo Diddley’s standard. This adds nothing to the many existing covers. (3:03)
11 ** Del McCoury & Sierra Hull sing a cute tale of a past-his-prime country star. Del’s high-lonesome lead, Sierra’s backing, and a pedal steel make this one a gem. (2:42)
12 ** slow spare verses; bigger chorus. Ashley McBryde aces a terrific instance of the “drinking my troubles away” genre - but it’s the female protagonist subgroup (3:23)
13 mid-tempo. A Merle-Haggard-like song done by Jamey Johnson; it’s just ok (3:16)

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. John Prine 1959
2. Sierra Ferrell Years
3. Brent Cobb Wild and Blue
4. Nathaniel Rateliff Low Dog Blues
5. Eric Church Mississippi Moon
6. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings I Just Came Home To Count the Memories
7. Tyler Childers Shoot Low Sheriff!
8. Luke Combs Seminole Wind
9. Sturgill Simpson When It Comes To You
10. Brothers Osborne You Can't Judge a Book (By the Cover)
11. Del McCoury Feat. Sierra Hull Would You Catch a Falling Star
12. Ashley McBryde Straight Tequila Night
13. Jamey Johnson I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)