Album Review

Sad But True Volume 3 (Juke Box B-Sides)

Sad But True Volume 3 (Juke Box B-Sides)

by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams

Lyttelton Records
8 / 10
14th February 2014

Reviewed by Martyn Pepperell

Following on from their 2012 release Sad But True Volume1 - The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, South Island crooners and guitarists Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson return to Lyttelton Records with Sad But True Volume 3 - Juke Box B-Sides. Eleven songs long Sad But True Volume 3 sees Marlon, the beatific young voice of classic country within New Zealand, trading lines, verses and songs with Delaney, a craggy voiced and idiosyncratic musical journeyman in the tradition of Tom Waits and various other wanderers of song.

Calling on musical assistance of a friendly faced gallery of rogues including Tami Neilson, Flora Knight, Krissy Clark, Paddy Long, Dave Khan, Ben Wooley, John Egenes and Joe McCallum, they mix their own original songwriting with covers of classic (or should be classic) numbers authored by some great yet not always recognisable music writers from the traditions they inhabit. Following on from the template set down with Sad But True Volume 1, Marlon and Delaney continue to craft compelling frontier songs for the New Zealand linesmen and women, cowboy music reflective of our unique position as an outpost situated at the very ends of the Earth.

Candyman, by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams
From: Sad But True Vol 3, (2014)

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