Whispering Pines - Boz Scaggs

from the album A Fool To Care (2015)

Whispering Pines is a wonderfully spacious ballad that was written by Richard Manual and Robbie Robertson.  It first appeared in 1969 on The Band's second album, The Band.

This week, the song was released on Boz Scaggs' latest album as a duet with the splendid Lucinda Williams.  Her vulnerable, whiskey-soaked vocals leads off the track, backed a five piece band featuring rich accordion tones and a haunting keyboard track.  Listening to these two instruments play off each other is spellbinding.

I particularly enjoy how the accordion leads during Lucinda Williams' vocals and then takes a backseat to the keyboard during the Boz Scaggs verse.

Oddly, I do not like it so much during the parts when they are both singing.  Perhaps it is because their voices are each so captivating that they distract from one another.  It is a curious thing.

The other thing I really dig about this song is how it takes me back to that sophomore album by The Band.  Most would argue that nothing could match their debut album, Music From Big Pink, but in my estimation their eponymous second album does.

So thanks to Boz Scaggs for dusting off this song of subliminal beauty.

Click Here to preview the Boz Scaggs cover of Whispering Pines in iTunes.

Click Here to listen to the original version of Whispering Pines by The Band.

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