Paleo Retiree writes:
Vince Gill and the legendary pedal steel guitarist Paul Vincent — with backing from Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives — perform Merle Haggard’s wonderfully acerbic-yet-heartrending 1970 tune “I Can’t Be Myself.”
- Gill and Vincent also perform the tune on “Bakersfield,” a recent CD of covers of songs from the likes of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Even though I’d have enjoyed one or two more uptempo shitkickers than they include — the collection is a little heavy on soulful love-and-heartbreak numbers — I’m enjoying the album a whole lot.
- If you don’t know anything about the Bakersfield Sound, it’s time to educate yourself. The Bakersfield era — a direct, no-frills expression of white working-class masculinity — was one of the Really Great Moments in American popular music, IMHO.
- Some praise from me for Marty Stuart.
- Vince Gill, himself a virtuoso, highlights his 14 favorite guitarists.