Saturday, October 01, 2016


For Better, Or Worse, released yesterday, is a latter day follow up to John Prine’s similar 1999 set, In Spite of Ourselves. Both albums feature Prine duetting with various female country and folkie singers. I didn’t really care for the original set overall, something about John Prine’s vocals not quite doing it for me on a program of classic C&W songs, though I did like some of his duet partners. . . .

I’ve listened to For Better, Or Worse through a couple of times and pretty much liked it. (Going to have to revisit In Spite of Ourselves.) Our featured song here, “Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out,” with Iris DeMent may or may not be the best song on the album, too early to tell, but it sure is engaging, it’s also pretty funny and DeMent gives as good as she gets. (And it’s also a cover of Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn’s charming 1969 original.)

John Prine with Iris DeMent

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