Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Omnivore Recordings release: Mighty Fine: An Austin City Limits Tribute To Walter Hyatt - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mighty Fine: An Austin City Limits Tribute To Walter Hyatt and it's a star studded release jam packed with great music. This is a recording containing 11 tracks from a tribute show for Hyatt's wife and children in 1977 and broadcast on Austin City Limits. Hyatt was killed in a 1996 ValueJet plane crash in 1996 (as well as bonus recordings). Opening with As The Crow Flies, with Willis Alan Ramsey and King Tears Band the sound is tight and warm. With Rick Plant on bass, guitar and vocal, Billy Block on drums and Rick Gordon on lead guitar and vocal this is a solid opener. Georgia Rose is a strong Country and Western track really featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore's vocal and Brad Fordham on bass and Rob Gjersoe on guitar. Marcia Ball amps things up on Are We there Yet Momma with her trademark vocal and with John Simon on piano and Jim Hoke on sax. Very cool. Motor City Man features Allison Moorer does a real nice job on lead vocal on bluesy, Tell Me Baby with John Simon on piano and with some real nice guitar lead by Gordon. Junior Brown takes the lead on Diggeroo, a Cajun flavored 2 stepper. This track really is one of my favorites with of trademark pedal work and Champ Hood on fiddle. Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett team up on Babes In The Woods, a really nice ballad showcasing their perfectly blended voices. Country blues, Teach Me About Love features Lovett on lead vocal with some really tasty guitar work. Victor Krauss on bass and James Gilmer on percussion add a firm rhythm. Very nice. Another solid ballad, Message In A Bottle, features David Ball on lead vocal with Colvin and John Hagar on cello and Hood on fiddle. I'm Calling has a traditional Lyle Lovett feel and suits him to a tee on lead vocal. The last four tracks on the release are previously unreleased performances by Walter Hyatt. Jungle Flower, In A Christmas Dream, Early Days and Shouldn't Have Told Me That is a great bonus to this release featuring Jerry Douglas on dobro, Byron House on bass, Dianne Killen on harmony vocal, Chris Carmichael on strings, Tom Roady on percussion, kristen Weber on viola and Austin Hoke on cello along with Plant, Block and Gordon. Solid release with a heap of good music. 

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