After a spate of albums recorded both as a duo and on their
own, Buddy and Julie Miller remain best known for their support to the stars.
Happily, Written In Chalk finds
them calling in a few favors, with Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin
and Regina McCrary offering a ready response.
Not that the assist is needed, mind you. In fact, this is
among the most indelible material the pair’s ever recorded, from the grit and
growl of “Gasoline and Matches” – a song Johnny and June could have claimed as
their own – to the simmer and slow burn of “A Long, Long Time.” Still, there’s no denying the power of
Plant’s sinewy imprint on “What You Gonna Do Leroy” or the pathos and
vulnerability that Griffin invests in the mournful “Don’t Say Goodbye.” And
with Harris’ forlorn harmony added to “The Selfishness of Man,” the song’s
tender sentiments are illuminated that much more.
Standout Tracks: “What You Gonna Do Leroy,” “Chalk” LEE ZIMMERMAN