Mose Allison: The Tennessee Waltz


The Tennessee Waltz


Mose Allison (vocals, piano)


Middle Class White Boy (Collectables 6535)

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Mose Allison (vocals, piano),

Joe Farrell (tenor sax), Putter Smith (bass), John Dentz (drums)


Composed by Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart


Recorded: Los Angeles, February 2-3, 1982


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

So what's a super-hip, former dyed-in-the-cotton Mississippi peckerwood doing singing about a state to his north (pardon the word) whose capital is the hipster's Heart of Darkness (read: capital of country music)? First, this ain't no waltz, y'all, but funky 4/4. (Pronounced: foe/foe.) Plus it's a powerful distance from, with all due respect, Miss Patti Page. Still, the storyline's the same: at dance, introduce old friend to milady; while they waltz, "friend" steals her heart away. Left high & dry, Mose conjures some piquant backroom piano licks, but his gal stays lost. Moral: when the band plays "The Volunteer State Waltz," volunteer yo' gal to nobody, friend nor foe.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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