Picks and Pans Review: Old Familiar Feeling

updated 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Whites

Country purists will have to go a long way to find music more pristine—or more delightful. Produced by Ricky Skaggs, who also adds a few licks on guitar and fiddle, the album is an unembellished collection of tunes that range from Moon Mullican's sublime Pipeliner Blues to the spiritual detour of Dottie Rambo's invigorating gospel song, Follow the Leader. Daddy Buck White plays piano and mandolin, in addition to sharing vocal responsibilities with daughters Sharon and Cheryl. The Whites, who have sung together for more than 20 years, marshal remarkably clear, sweet harmonies and sensitive readings of these mostly lovelorn tunes. Jerry Douglas contributes handily on dobro (and adds a nifty solo on something called a national duolian, a Hawaiian steel guitar that is a dobro cousin). This is one of those increasingly rare country albums where the only kind of crossover you think about is walking across a dirt road to get to some shade on a lazy summer afternoon.

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