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Yvette Landry – Me And T-Coe’s Country (Self-released)

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Yvette Landry Me and T-Coe's CountryExpectations can lead to disappointments, but they can also lead to great joys if you are willing to let go of preconceived notions and examine what’s at hand with an open mind.  Yvette Landry’s first two discs, at first listen, brought your attention to a sultry voice, a fresh presentation of songs, and writing that had us thinking she was a modern day Patsy Cline.  Yvette’s newest project brings fourteen songs to the table, twelve of which are standards, (i.e. “Together Again”). At first listen, your attention is drawn to the fact that many of the songs are covers.  But as the songs progress, the idea of “they’re just covers,” gets tossed away.  You realize that the voice is still present and the performances disassemble the songs in a way that makes them sound completely new again.  Remarkably, this is done with just two people – Yvette (voice and acoustic guitar), and pedal steel guitarist Richard Comeaux (the “T-Coe” in the title).

 This record was recorded with no overdubs and for all intents and purposes, all one-take efforts.  Yvette’s voice is right up front;  hers is a voice that could rival any other.  Richard’s pedal steel is dead-on, keeping with an era gone by, yet breathing life into these songs making them new and powerful.  The two produced the album, which was engineered, mixed, and mastered by the incomparable Tony Daigle, who seems to be right in sync with their vision.

The two original tunes, both of which were written by Yvette, fit perfectly with these classics.  The beauty of it all is that the songs are not just recycled, but are given new life by the raucous emotion that is put into them. If this disc gets the press it deserves, it will set a new standard for these old songs.  Anyone who attempts to record them will have a lot to live up to.

– Bob Gottlieb

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