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Keith Whitley

Sad Songs & Waltzes – 2000 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Jonathan Colcord

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CDs by Keith Whitley

Only the good die young they say, so there's good reason for Rounder to re-release 1982's "Somewhere Between" album from the late Keith Whitley. To sweeten things up nicely however, producer and Whitley's former bandleader, J.D. Crowe has extensively re-recorded and added five previously unreleased tracks.

Seamless additional parts from Alison Krauss, Jeff White, Carl Jackson, Gene Johnson and others, subtly make these songs new again. Recorded while Whitley was still a member of Crowe's bluegrass band, The New South, he forged new ground for the new traditionalist country movement of the early '80's, recording here songs from the likes of Lefty Frizzell, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. This is classic country music with the country left in from a true master of the craft.