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Justin Trevino

Scene of the Crying – 2002 (Lone Star)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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With his latest release, Austin's Justin Trevino serves up another excellent collection of traditional country music. This disc is made up largely of relatively obscure, but effective covers, including George Jones' "Three's a Crowd," Mel Tillis' "Old Faithful" and Justin Tubb's "You'll Never Get a Better Chance Than This." Probably the best known tunes that Trevino tackles are songs originally performed by women - Connie Smith's "Then and Only Then" and Tammy Wynette's "She Don't Color Daddy."

Trevino is joined on a couple of excellent duets by Wanda Jackson ("What Have We Done") and Jimmy C. Newman ("Daydreaming"). Trevino's bandmates contribute a trio of tunes with steel guitarist Dick Overby's title track, lead guitarist Levi Mullens "I Saw a Man Dying" and fiddler Ernie Reed's "Sound That a Breaking Heart Makes."

Trevino, who also produced, engineered and mixed the album, displays a powerful voice throughout. Traditional country music may be an endangered species, but Justin Trevino keeps it vital.