Kerry Greenwood's COCAINE BLUES
(1590582365, $24.95) provides another Phryne Fisher story, this set Australia, where Lady Phryne decides to become a lady detective.
Phoenix offers remarkably authentic versions of such classics as Folsom Prison Blues, Cocaine Blues
, Cry Cry Cry and Ring of Fire, while Reese Witherspoon, who plays June Carter, does an equally good job on Wildwood Flower, Jukebox Blues and a couple of "husband and wife" duets, Jackson and It Ain't Me Babe.
Dallas's deep, deadpan voice lends itself to a cover of Johnny Paycheck's deliciously mordant Excuse Me I've Got Someone To Kill, while Travis's raucous white soul voice brings Johnny Cash's Cocaine Blues
to rollicking life.
THE AMAZING THING about Johnny's world of robbers, killers, and convicts is the unescapable morality, judgment, and, most of all, regret that is contained in nearly every song--even if sometimes it feels like an afterthought, as at the end of the unrepentant girlfriend-killing song "Cocaine Blues
," with the admonition to "lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be" (met with a roar from the Folsom Prison audience, where the song was recorded).