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Title - 'You Don't Know Me: Classic Country'
Artist - Crystal Gayle

For those not in the know, Crystal Gayle is an American country music artist who began her career in the 1960s performing in the background of her sibling's bands, most notably Loretta Lynn.

Indeed, it was actually Lynn who helped her sister sign a recording contract with Decca Records in 1970 where she enjoyed minor success.

Encouraged by Lynn to develop her own musical identity, Gayle signed a new recording contract with United Artists Records in 1974. A collaboration with producer Allen Reynolds brought forth major success by shifting her music towards a country pop style.

In 1975, 'Wrong Road Again' became Gayle's first major hit. However, it was in 1977 when Gayle achieved her biggest success with the single 'Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue'.

The song topped the Billboard country chart, crossed over to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, and became a major international hit.

The rest, as they say, is history, for You Don't Know Me: Classic Country is the twenty sixth studio album by American country artist Crystal Gayle.

The album was released on September 6th, 2019 via Southpaw Musical Productions and contains cover versions of classic country songs whilst also featuring collaborations with other artists.

1. 'Ribbon of darkness'
2. 'You Win Again'
3. 'Please Help Me, I'm Falling'
4. 'Am I That Easy To Forget?'
5) 'Hello Walls'
6) 'You Never Were Mine'
7) 'Just One More'
8) 'There Goes My Everything'
9) 'That's the Way Love Goes'
10) 'Crying Time'
11) 'I've Seen That Look on Me a Thousand Times'
12) 'Walking After Midnight'
13) 'You Don't Know Me'
14) 'Put It Off Until Tomorrow'
15) 'I Cried the Blue' (Right Out of My eyes)' - Bonus Track

On an album that marks Gayle's first studio release in sixteen years, she begins in familiar territory on the gentle foot-tappin' bounce of 'Ribbon of Darkness' (a song written by Gordon Lightfoot that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins) and backs that up with Hank Williams' 1952 beauty 'You Win Again.'

The lush 'Please Help Me, I'm Falling' (first recorded by Hank Locklin in 1960) is followed by the aching 'Am I That Easy to Forget' (first published back in 1958, and subsequent hits for both Gene Vincent and George Jones), the buoyant 'Hello Walls' (a song first recorded by Faron Young in 1961), and then 'You Were Never Mine' written by her brother, Jay Lee Webb.

The lo--fi country twang of 'Just One More' (a 1956 hit for George Jones) is then followed by 'There Goes My Everything' (a 1966 song best known for being made a hit by Jack Green), and then one of my own personal favorites, the Johnny Rodriguez song from 1973, 'That's the Way Love Goes.'

Buck Owens' 1964 hit 'Crying Time' is another beauty to hear and that's backed seamlessly by both 'I've Seen That Look on Me a Thousand Times' (covered more recently by George Strait), and the double bass passive thwang of 'Walking After Midnight' (Patsy Cline).

This quite magnificent return to form for Gayle then rounds out with the lush 1955 Eddy Arnold track 'You Don't Know Me,' the Dolly Partan and Bill Owens mid-'60s co-write 'Put It Off Until Tomorrow' (now a sibling trio featuring Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue), and then the flashback gem of a bonus track - a demo written by Loretta Lynn and recorded by Gayle back circa 1969 - entitled 'I've Cried the Blue (Right Out of My Eyes).'

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