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Album Review

Legend is a hefty title to carry, especially if you're still kicking. The standards are high, the expectations immense. Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette are, nevertheless, legends of country music with decades of albums and awards to prove it. And they are very much still kicking on Honky Tonk Angels — just in case anyone needs a little reminder. You can even hear how much fun they had singing together, setting aside any historic competition and letting their love of country music shine through, each gracefully moving between lead and harmony vocals. As for the song selection, it covers a wide swath of country history from tunes made famous by early pioneers like Ferlin Husky, the Davis Sisters, and Hank Locklin to their own more contemporary compositions. If that weren't enough credibility, Kitty Wells lends her amazing voice to the opening anthem "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Pure goodness. In another twist, Patsy Cline sings on "Lovesick Blues" with Parton, Lynn, and Wynette backing her. The closing track sums up the humorous reverence that permeates much of country music. "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven" was a hit for Tex Ritter in 1961 and is a surprising choice that seems a bit out of place, but somehow works well enough. For fans of traditional country or great singers, this is a fun listen because it nicely captures three of the best voices around.

Customer Reviews

H***y Tonk Angels

One Friday afternoon, 4 of us women headed out of town to another friend's place to enjoy a "Girls Only Fun Week-end!!" While not especially HUGE fans of country music, the 4 of us did like it to a degree, especially so when it was mixed in with fun folks, lotsa humour and a party like atmosphere!! Yes, indeed, you could say we surely liked it quite a bit on THOSE occasions! Anyway, just before starting off on our journey, 6 CDs were randomly picked & inserted in the player and well into our drive, the 'H***y Tonkers' burst forth and, so it seems, did WE!! Strangely enough, for people who professed NOT to be THAT keen on "country" we didn't skip a beat nor was there ever a lull in the singing because of words, or a tune, forgotten!! Imagine- we sang those songs with great fervour-they brought much laughter, even a tear or three and the music, our singing and conversation about "back then" carried us clear to the end of our journey. We were somewhat exhausted but ever so happy from the success of our sing-a-long with the "Angels" and with a new APPRECIATION for the words and meaning of their incredibly wonderful "country" songs-TRULY a 5 STAR PERFORMANCE: for the songs, the music and the "ANGELS".... 'Bravo'- long live Country Music!


Born: January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit "Dumb Blonde" (which she's not) caught Porter Wagoner's ear, and...
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