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  • Summary: The tribute album to Jerry Jeff Walker from Steve Earle & The Dukes features covers of 10 of the late outlaw country singer-songwriter's songs.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. Jun 22, 2022
    80
    “Mr Bojangles”, sung with cornpone syrup by Dylan, here earthily returns to the drunk-tank cell where Walker met its subject, a broken-down, alcoholic tap-dancer his song invests with heel-clicking magic. The tune defiantly climbs, strings waltz and Earle stores sentiment ’til the end.
  2. 80
    Jerry Jeff serves the purpose well by turning the spotlight on an artist that deserves greater attention within the Americana arena. Earle’s effort to share his songs will hopefully contribute to that added appreciation.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 22, 2022
    80
    It just sounds so good. Warm and natural. And Earle's voice has rarely sounded better. [Aug 2022, p.91]
  4. 60
    He delves into lesser-known parts, like Wheel, a 1973 song about tragic, rural cycles, and he sings Old Road, as a sparse holler, akin to the original. Other songs celebrate the ‘gonzo country’ aims of Jerry Jeff, but Mr Bojangles and his worn-out shoes is still best in show.