Picks and Pans Review: An Evening of Country Greats: a Hall of Fame Celebration
The lineup in this tribute by young Nashville to the likes of Loretta Lynn, Eddy Arnold and Chet Atkins is heavy on female singers: among them Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Shelby Lynne. The hands-down standout is Lynne. Her version of the Patsy Cline standard "She's Got You" has a tough, ringing kind of theatricality. One thought that arises is that while the show's male stars (Marty Stuart and Joe Diffie) still seem to have that spangled, big-hair look that one usually associates with Opryland personalities, the women are sleek and stylish and could easily be performing on any show, any channel, any venue. But when Tucker sings a few lines from Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" ("The man I love/when he picks up trash/he puts it in a garbage can"), you're grateful to be where you are. Arnold, Atkins and Lynn themselves do not perform in the program.