Chuck Prophet - Dreaming Waylon’s Dreams (4 stars)

Chuck Prophet - Dreaming Waylon’s Dreams

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California-born Telecaster-master Chuck Prophet celebrates 25 years in the roots-rock business (the first eight with Green On Red) via this track-for-track tribute to hero Waylon Jennings’ outlaw-country LP of 1975, Dreaming My Dreams.

Chuck’s been dreaming it ever since he released his 1990 album, Brother Aldo, right up until last year’s Let Freedom Ring! (recorded with his band, The Mission Express).

When you revisit the original five-star, US Top 50 album, it becomes clear that 38-year-old Jennings had a sentimental streak for one so rebellious; lost here on 46-year-old Prophet’s harder-edged update. While it’s hard to recommend Chuck’s strained ‘I Recall A Gypsy Woman’, his versions of ‘High Time’ (very Duane Eddy), ‘Are You Sure Hank [Williams] Done It This Way’ and Jimmie Rodgers’ ‘Waymore’s Blues’, are just the dog’s bollocks.

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