Picks and Pans Review: The Almeria Club
It seems that Williams, one of country music's most raucous sons, is turning into a softy. The club in the title refers to a little honky-tonk joint outside Troy, Ala., where most of this rootsy album was recorded as a tribute to Williams's late parents—Hank Sr. and Audrey—who regularly performed together there in 1947. Williams waxes sentimental on several tracks, including one that salutes Rufus Payne, the man who taught Hank Sr. how to play guitar, and another song dedicated to Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, a friend of Williams's who died of injuries from a January 2000 car crash. But the singer-songwriter's act goes from class to crass when he enlists Kid Rock to sing backup on "The 'F Word" and devotes another tune to well-endowed women.
Bottom Line: Dad would be touched...and appalled
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