Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Happy Prisoner,’ an album unlike any other in his storied catalog. Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Keen has put his unique stamp on fifteen standards and other beloved tunes (twenty on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, even Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines on vocals, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins on fiddle, and Danny Barnes on banjo.
The late Colin Cooper was a founding member and leader of Climax Blues Band.A great song writer,vocalist,sax player and guitarist,whose distinctive baritone vocals were crucial to the mainstream success of Couldn’t Get it Right(1978), a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic.This is a truly rare find – a collection of unreleased tracks recorded between 1995-2008,and taken from tapes completed at Colin’s home studios and originally recorded for personal pleasure with no release plans at the time.The selection of music perfectly demonstrates Colin’s unique vocal style, accomplished musicianship and deep knowledge of the music he loved.Some songs even have a spoken introduction, giving a nice,laid-back feel to the Blues flavoured songs presented on this CD.As well as being an essential addition for Climax Blues Band collectors,this is a really pleasant album with tasteful sax,nice guitar work,and Colin’s warm vocals that will delight blues-rock fans.
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