Picks and Pans Review: Leather and Lace
updated 05/11/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/11/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
To say that Waylon and Jessi are the best husband-and-wife team in country & Western music is a little like the baseball trivia question: What major league brothers, combined, hit the most career home runs? The answer is the Aarons; Henry had 755, Tommy 13. Jessi's contribution is greater than Tommy's, but her husband simply overwhelms her. On most of this album, in fact, they take turns soloing, rather than attempting to harmonize. Colter did write many of the songs, though, including the pleasantly sentimental Storms Never Last, which both she and Jennings have previously recorded, and What's Happened to Blue Eyes, which was a minor hit for her. More vigorous are Colter's I Ain't the One and yet another incarnation of Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell. And in showing off the Jennings band, they show off one of their most valuable assets.