Picks and Pans Review: Ridin'shotgun
Now for invidious comparisons. Colter is Mrs. Waylon Jennings in private life. ("You're the finest man that ever walked in shoe leather," she writes in a liner note to Waylon.) But she has none of his vocal strength or character. She, too, sings Waylon's Shine on her new LP, but her version is more than paler; it all but washes out. When she can bark and bluff her way through honky-tonkish material like the title tune, Jessi gets by, but down-tempo her voice resembles a loosely tuned piano—she has the delicacy and timbre of Dolly Parton without Parton's resiliency and control. The best tune on this album is Jessi's and Basil McDavid's Jennifer (Fly My Little Baby), on which Jennifer Jennings, 18, sings the lead while her mom and dad do the proud backup work.