Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran Image
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  • Summary: Elvis Costello, Ronnie Dunn, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Leon Russell are some of the artists on Jamey Johnson's tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Vocally, duet partners from 41-year-old Alison Krauss to 86-year-old Ray Price outdo themselves keeping the young powerhouse in check‑-only on the ill-advised showcase does Johnson get to show off.
  2. Oct 16, 2012
    91
    The arrangements are warm and understated while the performances fill the room, making Living For A Song a steady grower that sneaks up behind listeners and pickpockets their hearts.
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    90
    Though feisty honky-tonk numbers like "I Don't Do Windows" shimmer, the worldweary ballads--especially the Johnson/Alison Krauss duet "Make The World Go Away"--are Sublime. [Feb 2013, p.74]
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    [This collection is] loving genuflection; it's also proof that Johnson, 21st-century country's outlaw ne plus ultra, is also one of its most sensitive balladeers – beneath the scary beard, he's an old softie.
  5. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Johnson and the small army of country stars he's enlisted to collaborate on the project all wisely keep the focus on Cochran's extraordinary songwriting, making for an album that highlights the depth and range of Cochran's catalogue and the monumental influence his writing has had on country music.
  6. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Johnson doesn't attempt to draw attention to himself, but instead, presents a series of excellent performances of Cochran's songs with himself as an anchor.
  7. Nov 13, 2012
    60
    The album is a classy, low-key affair, with solid, tasteful arrangements designed to show off the singers and the songs.

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