No­body, and I mean no­body, brings more to a per­for­mance than k.d. lang. But she’s not on the road that much, so you might have to set­tle for record­ings. A good record­ing to set­tle for would be Shad­ow­land, fea­tur­ing pro­duc­tion by country-music leg­end Owen Bradley and guest ap­pear­ances by oth­er divas-with-twang. This is prob­a­bly the best song on Shad­ow­land.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

I ac­tu­al­ly saw k.d. last year, on her “Ingenue” tour, in which she played that break­through al­bum end-to-end, then a bunch of hit­s. The place was packed, most­ly with the gay and/or grey-haired. I’m not huge on In­genue and it took k.d. a while to re­al­ly warm up, but she got there and made the walls shake, and even­tu­al­ly sang Hal­lelu­jah, not a dry eye in the house.

But I’d seen her twice be­fore. Once in the Nineties and that night’s ver­sion of Walkin’ After Mid­night con­tained the most beau­ti­ful singing I’ve ev­er heard in my life, by any­one. And a thou­sand years ago in her pure-cowpunk phase; a thrill a minute and you couldn’t stop smil­ing.

Any­how, Western Stars has a com­plete­ly won­der­ful steel-guitar part, and some high notes that will make you shud­der. You can’t go wrong with it.

Links · Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon, live video - best sound, best voice.


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From: hawkse (Jan 03 2018, at 12:15)

Oh yes, this is very good stuff! Thank you.


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