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Chuck Mead

Back at the Quonset Hut – 2012 (Ramseur)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Former BR549 member Chuck Mead's latest collection of country classics was recorded at the Quonset Hut, the legendary Nashville studio founded by Owen Bradley. Mead is at his best on up-tempo tracks such as Johnny Horton's Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor , Del Reeves' Girl On The Billboard and Hank Williams' Settin' The Woods On Fire.

Mead's rockabilly influence is on display with nicely done covers of Carl Perkins' Cat Clothes and Gene Vincent's Be Bop A Lula. Mead is also effective on ballads such as Tammy Wynette's Apartment #9 and Charlie Rich's Sittin' And Thinkin' .

Amongst the guest appearances most impressive is the duet with Jamey Johnson on George Jones' You Better Treat Your Man Right . Elsewhere Mead is joined by Bobby Bare on Carl Smith's Hey Joe and Old Crow Medicine Show on Wabash Cannonball .

Other highlights are a duet with Elizabeth Cook on the Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn tune Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries and a solo rendition of the Jimmy Work composition Tennessee Border.

Thanks in part to contributions by legendary session players Harold Bradley, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Bob Moore and Buddy Spicher, who performed on many of the classics recorded in the glory days of the Quonset Hut, Mead achieves an authentic classic country sound throughout this enjoyable collection.