This Lusty Land!

by: Tennessee Ernie Ford

{^This Lusty Land!} isn't very lusty, particularly if you're expecting rousing historical songs in the vein of {&"Ballad of Davy Crockett."} The album places new and {\traditional} songs in a subdued, jazzy setting in which {$Ford} is accompanied by the orchestra from his '50s television show. {$The Delmore Brothers}' {&"False Hearted Girl"} sounds odd performed in this manner, but the stripped-down renditions of {\traditional} and modern {\work songs} like {&"John Henry,"} {&"Dark As a Dungeon,"} and {&"Nine Pound Hammer"} are dramatic and appealing. Elsewhere, {$Ford}'s highbrow interpretations of old English {\ballads} and early {\country} songs seem condescending, or like an experiment that doesn't work. The album was nevertheless a strong seller, and {@Capitol} kept it in print for many years. ~ Greg Adams, Rovi

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