Friday, January 21, 2011
A few weeks back, we pretty much laid the current bland and formulaic state of country music at the feet of Ray Charles and specifically his landmark album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and as a result we have been feeling guilty about it ever since. Not for being wrong, however, but rather in doing so, it implied that Modern Sounds is somehow an inferior album when it is anything but.
To atone for any potential negative impressions we may have transmitted, we offer up a cut from that album.
Ladies and Gentlemen, from Greenville, Florida via the Dick Cavett Show, it's Ray Charles and the Raylettes performing Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You":
And just to make sure we've got our bases covered, here's Ray performing "Born to Lose" followed up by Johnny Cash's take on the song: