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Lee Roy Parnell

We All Get Lucky Sometimes – 1995 (Career/Arista)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Scratch your head when considering the ramifications of the title. The Texan has released one of the best records so far this year with songs that bear more than a tip of the hat to the blues side of country. This is simply an outstanding collection of 11 songs, of which he wrote six,, recalling a better version of Joe Ely and Delbert McClinton ("If The House is Rockin'" where Parnell gets to the heart of the rockabilly stomper). He tackles all styles easily, including ballads ("When a Woman Loves a Man" with Trisha Yearwood on backing vocals), gospel ("Saved by the Grace of Your Love") and the zydeco-tinged meets rockabilly title track where Mary-Chapin Carpenter returns his past favor. Instead of the usual assortment of studio men, Parnell used his band, The Hot Links. And Parnell did not even only rely on his tried and true distinctive guitar playing. Kudos all around for the fresh sound. Parnell ought to need no luck with this disc. He should score big time on his strongest effort to date.