By Joshua Wallace
An American Classic is the seventeenth studio album from Jeannie Seely and her first since 2017’s Written In Song release. This collection is a mixture of new songs and some re-recorded classics. The new songs sound like they would fit right alongside the classics. Jeannie Seely takes you back to the days of listening to the great American classics on AM country radio in the 1960’s or 70’s. Let’s check out some of the highlights of this set.
The album kicks off with “So Far So Good” featuring The Whites. This track has a bit of a western swing sound to it and I love the addition of The Whites here. It’s a great way to start the album on a high note. Another favorite is “If You Could Call It That” featuring Steve Wariner. This song was written using a journal of unfinished songs by Dottie West. Steve Wariner helped with a co-write on this track. One of the re-recorded classics on this album is Jeannie’s 1973 hit “Can I Sleep In Your Arms Tonight, Mister”. The original tune made it to #6 on the country charts and was recorded by Willie Nelson for his Red Headed Stranger album. This new recording is closer to Jeannie’s original version than Willie’s minimalist version that most folks would know from Red Headed Stranger. Speaking of Willie Nelson, he appears on this record in a duet with Jeannie on a new track written by Dallas Wayne called “Not A Dry Eye In The House”. This is a great ballad and it features a great vocal performance from Jeannie and Willie. I love the strings and piano on this track. It sounds like it would fit in on a 1960’s country radio station.
Another great duet is the classic tune “Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You) featuring Waylon Payne. This duo does a great job with one of my favorite classic country love songs. Waylon Payne matches Jeannie’s soulful voice easily on this cut. Finally, we have “That’s How I Roll”. This is a rocking number featuring Lorrie Morgan on vocals and the one and only Vince Gill on guitar. The piano is really awesome on this track and I love how well it plays with Vince Gill’s guitar solo.
This album is another great release from country legend Jeannie Seely. Whether you know her as a star and regular at the Grand Ole Opry or are a new fan, this record is highly recommended. It also has a great list of guest artists from names like Rhonda Vincent to Ray Stevens to Waylon Payne and Willie Nelson. I have personally seen Jeannie Seely at the Opry a couple of times and I hope I get the chance to again in the future. In the meantime, “An American Classic” is available everywhere as of August 14th, 2020. You can find out more information on Jeannie’s website here.
Favorite Tracks : So Far So Good, If You Could Call It That, Can I Sleep In Your Arms Tonight, Not A Dry Eye In The House, Old Flames, That’s How I Roll, Dance Tonight
Jeannie Seely – An American Classic (2020)
- So Far So Good (w/ The Whites)
- If You Could Call It That (feat. Steve Wariner)
- To Make A Dream Come True
- Teach Me Tonight
- Can I Sleep In Your Arms Tonight
- All Through Crying Over You (with Rhonda Vincent)
- When Two Worlds Collide (with Bill Anderson)
- Not A Dry Eye In The House (feat. Willie Nelson)
- Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You) (with Waylon Payne)
- That’s How I Roll (with Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan)
- Don’t Touch Me
- Dance Tonight (with Ray Stevens)
- Peaceful Waters