White Mansions? Legend of Jesse James? Hello?
I went all the way down to West Cork yesterday, to see a man about a dog.
This man is a musician, and he played me White Mansions and The Legend of Jesse James, two country concept albums, written by an English songwriter called Paul Kennerly. Clapton and his band play on both albums; as does Bernie Leadon; as do the London Symphony Orchestra. Singers on the two albums include Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Albert Lee and Johnny Cash. Both albums were produced by Glyn Johns. In 1983, Kennerly married Emmylou.
And I’m like, hello? Country concept albums? Who knew such a thing existed? He MARRIED Emmylou? Why have I never even heard OF these really rather good albums, never mind actually listened to them? Are not many of my pals country nuts? Do they not spend their lives on he Word blog? Hello, Paul Williams, Dave Rothon, Bob Machin… is there some weird conspiracy going on? Has anyone heard of these things before and just not thought to tell anyone? Did you simply not like them? I think we should be told…