Lorrie Morgan ’s first-ever live album, issued simultaneously with a 76-minute DVD, leads new country album releases this week. Also out is a new set from alt-country favorite Jim Roll, who collaborates with a couple of well-known novelists, and a collection of tracks culled from David Grisman’s Acoustic Disc label.
Morgan’s two-CD package, The Color of Roses (Image Entertainment), was recorded primarily on Sept. 1, 2001, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Repertoire for the concert includes her early country hit “Trainwreck of Emotion” as well as later successes such as “Go Away” and “Good As I Was to You.”
Also on the concert bill are performances of pop standards such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Favorite Things” and Sammy Fain’s “Secret Love” (inexplicably attributed in the credits to Cajun songwriters Barry Jean Ancelet, Joseph Miller and Wayne Toups).
The second disc contains studio versions of Kris Kristofferson ’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and the title track, a ballad by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Matt Rollings. It also features a 43-minute interview with Morgan in which she talks about, among other things, her first public performance, life on the road, her love of a broad range of musical styles and her dogs. The DVD, sold separately, contains the same repertoire in a different sequence.
Alt-country favorite Jim Roll issues his third album, Inhabiting the Ball (The Telegraph Company). He’s a jack-of-all-trades, singing and playing acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, fiddle, bass and drums. Lyrics to many of the songs come from noted fiction writers Rick Moody and Denis Johnson. Roll is both composer and lyricist for “Eddie Rode the Orphan Train” and “Curious One.”
From David Grisman’s Acoustic Disc label comes Acoustic Disc: 100% Handmade Music, Volume VI. The opening track is “Man of Constant Sorrow” performed by Grisman, Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice. Two tracks feature the late Charles Sawtelle, long a member of bluegrass favorites Hot Rize.