Features an absolutely enchanting duet with Lucinda Williams on "Cruel Lips."
Makes touchstones out of Neil Young’s "Harvest" and the Stones’ "Dead Flowers" as easily as Tammy Wynette’s "Stand by Your Man," ranges freely from blistering rock to the lonesomeness of a weary troubadour.
GP's first album for us and we were bowled over by not only the opportunity to work with such an artist, but also that he wanted to tap into a more country-leaning side. He professed to having a soft spot for the Band and Charlie Rich, but he'd never fully explored it in his own recordings. But, once he set his mind to it, he realized the path from Motown to Music City isn't so peculiar after all
Your Country is a warm and melodic genre-bending masterpiece. GP can write songs that go from Motown to Nashville without missing a beat; that make touchstones out of Neil Young’s "Harvest" and the Stones’ "Dead Flowers" as easily as Tammy Wynette’s "Stand by Your Man"; that range freely from blistering rock to the keening lonesomeness of a weary troubadour in his fourth decade of laying his heart, guts, and soul on the line.
Anything for a good time, anything for a laugh...so goes the opening track, a lilting mid-tempo beauty that could have been left off Dylan's Nashville Skyline. "Almost Thanksgiving Day" and "Nation of Shopkeepers" have rightly worked their way into GP's solo canon of classics, while "Queen of Compromise," "Tornado Alley" and the re-worked song made famous by Dave Edmunds "Crawling from the Wreckage" whip out a vibe between rockabilly and pure honky tonk.
A remarkable record from a remarkable songwriter. The knife is still sharp, but Parker's clever enough to use it at just the right time.
Anything For A Laugh
Nation of Shopkeepers
Crawling for the Wreckage