…or, Hey, guess what out of print cd Daddy found at Half Price Books this weekend for TWO BUCKS?
As I’ve said before, I got this album on tape for my 15th birthday back in 1992. Really liked the stone-country title track, but the more contemporary-sounding “Now That’s Country” was the song that prompted me to ask for it. As it turned out those two songs were just the tip of that album’s sheer brilliance. The reverence and respect for country music that Marty Stuart has comes through on every song on this album, whether it be the originals (one of which, “Me and Hank and Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” is a neat little trippy blues-flavored tune that has the protagonist taking a trip to heaven and meeting the great Hank Williams, Jr.) or the covers of Johnny Cash (“Doin’ My Time,” which is actually a duet with Cash) and Charley Pride (Cowboy Jack Clement’s “Just Between You And Me.”) I know a lot of folks point to the ’90s as some sort of golden age for country, but let’s face it — a lot of the country music from that decade didn’t really age that well. This One’s Gonna Hurt You, on the other hand, is the musical equivalent of fine whiskey — it has only gotten better with age, which makes its contrast with the modern-day frat-boy bullshit “country” all the more striking. The cd is long out of print, but it’s still readily available in the iTunes Store and as a digital download at Amazon. Highly, highly recommended.