Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale
Released: Sep 2011
Label: Sugar Hill Records
Country/bluegrass deity Jim Lauderdale and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter have forged a fertile partnership over the years, here channeled into energetic, deftly played "grass-with-a-twist" jams that offer everything from relationship advice -- "Don't go to sleep on angry words," "Don't Tempt the Devil (With Your Love)" -- to the peppy, allegorical zoo fantasia "Tiger & the Monkey." Best of all is the solemn ancient-family-drama ballad "Not Let You Go," with its ominous tale of long-ago murderous misdeeds: "No one bore witness but the chickens." It's a full Justified season in 4:14.