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Deana Carter - The Chain
By: Jolene Downs, CSO Contributing Journalist  

Vanguard Records recording artist Deana Carter has just released her fifth studio album. The Chain is an album that features her signature song style along with some of the Who's Who in the country music field. The twelve tracks on the CD are all covers of songs that have had a significant impact on Carter's life. She grew up in the music community, counting as family friends some of the biggest names in several genres. Her father is Fred Carter, Jr., legendary session guitarist. So when she chose the songs she wanted to include on this project she also called up some friends to see if they would like to be a part of it. 

Kris Kristofferson joins Carter for "Help me Make It Through the Night," and their arrangement is beautiful. 

I've always been a Dolly Parton fan, so I was wondering what Carter would do with the song, "Love is Like A Butterfly." Often covers of favorite songs just don't sound right. However, not only did Carter do a great job with the song, Parton herself joined forces with her. 

George Jones appeared to help sing "She Thinks I Still Care." Shooter Jennings filled in for his dad, Waylon, on "Good Hearted Woman" and to keep it in the family, Jessi Colter came in to help sing her major hit, "I'm Not Lisa." John Anderson helped bring back some fond memories when he came on board to sing along on "Swinging," and Carter did a solo for the Roy Orbison classic, "Crying." 

Any fan of Deana Carter knows that she really doesn't stay with one set genre of music in her recording. She just writes and records music that feels right for her. So it is no surprise to hear some favorite songs by artists like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan along with the country classics. In the case of "The Boxer," Paul Simon's son Harper sings along with Deana while their fathers play acoustic guitar. 

Overall, this was an excellent album. She did a great job with all the covers and it was fun hearing many of the original artists having a part in the project. Carter has a really nice voice and her signature style can be recognized no matter what songs she chooses to record. I'd most certainly recommend this album to anyone. It crosses genres and is sure to become a collector's item because of all the incredible artists that came in to sing with Carter. Put simply, it is just good music.

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