Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo Sessions at Sea review – country cruising

(New West)

Cayamo is an annual Caribbean cruise where passengers can watch the cream of Americana perform on board. Curated by musical director Buddy Miller, this collection of highlights from 2014/15 suggests a riotously good time is had by artists and audience alike. Country tradition prevails for newcomers and old timers alike. Kacey Musgraves tears up Buck Owens’s Love’s Gonna Live Here from 1963, Richard Thompson drifts mournfully through Hank Williams’s Wedding Bells from ’49 and Kris Kristofferson revisits his own Sunday Morning Coming Down from ’70, making that infamous breakfast beer sound like a recent event. There are longueurs – even Shawn Colvin can’t retrieve the Stones’ turgid Wild Horses – but it’s an enjoyable showcase of vocal talent.


Neil Spencer

The GuardianTramp

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