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Yvette Landry

Me and T-Coe's Country – 2014 (Soko)

Reviewed by Andy Turner

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Here's one you don't want to play on your phone or computer with tiny, crappy speakers. Put "Me and T-Coe's Country" on your hi-fi or the highest-fi you have and slip into its spare wonderfulness, soaking in Landry's latest, which features only her on acoustic guitar and Richard Comeaux on pedal steel (except for a full band take on "I'm Leaving it Up to You" on the bonus track).

The album offers a not-so-quiet slate of mostly classic songs of heartache: "I Fall to Pieces," "Tennessee Waltz," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Together Again." The approach taken by the talented duo of Landry, a Beaux Bridge, La.-native, and Comeaux strips the familiar songs to their core and makes them sound almost new and definitely powerful. They stretch out the Jerry Reed ditty "Misery Loves Company" (popularized by Porter Wagoner) to a six-minute epic that lets Comeaux strut his stuff in style. They also entertainingly elongate Patsy Cline's "A Church, a Courtroom, and Then Goodbye," and you will certainly pick up on Cline's influence on Landry's sultry singing if you haven't before.

"Me and T-Coe's Country" also features two Landry originals; the mournful "Memories of Clelia" is especially hard-hitting. A swinging cover of more recent vintage, "Can I Go Home With You" by Caleb Klauder, is another standout. A dance-ready "Bucket's Got a Hole In It" concludes the proper album before "I'm Leaving It Up to You," a groovy duet between Landry and Roddie Romero, serves as a bit of a deserved encore to this unique and entertaining release.