I see Julie & Buddy Miller as the country versions of Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen. Great songwriters and Buddy is a great instrumentalist, but their voices are just not suited to my ears.
How was that for diplomatic? And people say I have not tact. pfffft.
Their stuff works better when interpreted by others. A main person to do that has been Emmylou Harris.
One of the first, if not the first, iTunes song purchase I made was Sam Bush's cover of the Miller's "The River's Gonna Run".
I ran across the song, lord knows where, and I was drawn to it, probably more for Harris' part in the song, as she will and can make any song better. Yet Bush has a good sense about him, vocally and with his mandolin.
I don't know I'd want an entire disk by him, but to be fair, I don't know I wouldn't. I have not gone out of my way to see/hear what else he has to offer. But I do like the song, and I like the duet. Technically it's not exactly a harmony piece Harris sings, but a companion or almost separate part.
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