Live from the Archives of 650am Wsm - Volume 1
by Various Artists
Released: Jun 2013
Label: Red River Entertainment
Most of the drama on this comp of Opry performances comes from the spoken-word tracks, which include a Vince Gill history lesson and a montage of WSM jock Ralph Emery introducing stars like Conway Twitty and Reba McEntire. No such stars contribute any tunes -- bluegrass and Opry lifer Del McCoury is the biggest name -- but the performers hold their own, even when playing No. 1 hits (as in Hillary Lindsey's "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which she co-wrote) or covering all-time classics (like the Time Jumpers' spectacular take on Buck Owens' "Together Again" or Georgette Jones' "Stand by Your Man").