Hank Cochran’s life was like a country song: He toiled away in orphanages and oil fields before making it as a singer-songwriter. And Nashville outlaw Johnson captures that hardscrabble romanticism on these Cochran covers, especially the slow-burning duets ”Don’t Touch Me” (with Emmylou Harris) and ”Make the World Go Away” (with Alison Krauss). Johnson occasionally lacks the depth of Cochran’s bloodshot despair, but with guests like Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, you can’t blame him for not sounding sad in Living for a Song. B
COUNTRY KING These covers capture Cochran's turmoil, but not necessarily his despair
Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Jamey Johnson; Status: In Season; Music Label: Mercury Nashville
Posted October 17 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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