Review - Tell the Truth

Artist: Lee Roy Parnell

Tell the Truth
Label: Vanguard
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Tell the Truth

It seems that Shelby Lynne's migration from the stultifying forces of Nashville may have more beneficial ramifications than the recognition of an underappreciated soul singer. Lee Roy Parnell -- another whose talents far exceed the three chords allowed by the "Music City" -- follows Shelby's lead and finally makes the CD we all knew he could with "Tell the Truth". Parnell has always been a blues man at heart, and on "Truth" he wrings the last bit of Nashville's dilution from his sound and pours a straight shot of the music he loves.

Disc opener "Right Where It Hurts" doles out a halting line-dance dose of Muscle Shoals R&B replete with horns, while "Crossing Over" offers a bit of incendiary roadhouse blues. The Mississippi Mass Choir joins him on the gospel-tinged "Brand New Feeling" -- a song that should have even most fundamentalists swaying in their seats. Look for "Truth" to make a few critics' top-10 lists, and deservedly so.

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