Joey Allcorn has released a new album, All Alone Again. Back in 2006 I wrote about Joey’s debut album, 50 Years Too Late, and I described his sound as such, “…writes and performs songs that could have been played on the fabled stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry in it’s heydays at The Ryman. Classic country songs with steel guitars, fiddles, lyrics of heartbreak, heaven, hell, and all matters of turmoil in between.” The description still fits like a glove. Joey’s voice still sounds like a less road/drugs/whiskey/pills/pot/15 shows in 17 nights hell raising weary version of Hank III, and Joey still has a long line of broken-hearted nights to sing about.
I guess what I am saying is that not much has changed, and that’s just fine so far as I’m concerned. See, while Hank III seems to be chasing that Hellbilly sound like a 16 year chases skirts, he’s leaving a lot of us fans of his more classic country sound behind. Enter Joey Allcorn, who not only fills the hole, these day’s he’s probably doing it better. So good, in fact, I have no choice but to place All Alone Again on my Essential Listening list.
So, if you wanna hear some country music the way it used to be played, then buy All Alone Again.