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Tom T. Hall

Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. – 2007 (Blue Circle)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Tom T Hall is one of the greatest songwriters in music history. Songs from "The Storyteller" were a staple of the country music charts from the '60's to the '80s. He wrote "Harper Valley PTA," a smash country and pop song for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968 and his "Little Bitty" was a number 1 tune for Alan Jackson in the mid 1990s. As a singer, he was no stranger to the charts or to country radio in the 1970's.

Since he stopped touring, he's turned his attention to bluegrass, writing songs with wife, (Miss) Dixie. Long-time fans know that Tom T has always had a fondness for bluegrass, having recorded projects like "The Magnificent Music Machine" for Mercury and frequently using banjos and Dobros in his country songs.

His new bluegrass album is his first full recording project in many years. Backed by some of today's best pickers, his vocals still sound great, and the songs are vintage Tom T Hall. Particularly noteworthy are a pair of tributes to bluegrass giants, "One Of Those Days (I Miss Lester Flatt)" and "Jimmy Martin's Life Story," featuring the King of Bluegrass himself, the heart-wrenching, "A Hero In Harlan," about a country boy killed serving his country, and the very introspective "Our Little World."

Though he's been writing new songs all along, this terrific album reminds us how great an artist Tom T always was and still is.