Darrell McCall - Lily Dale
In this episode, we're featuring what many consider one of the best releases from hard country singer Darrell McCall: "Lily Dale" (1977). The most successful McCall album since his 1963 solo debut, his traditional country sound seemed to appeal to country fans around the time the Outlaw movement was catching on - and sure enough, on the title track McCall is joined by Texas' favourite son Willie Nelson. The result became a dancehall standard, and cemented Darrell McCall on the Texas circuit, where he later moved and signed to Heart Of Texas Records in 2005. This album though, finds the Ohio-native in fine voice, with distinct influence from his days as harmony vocalist/bass guitar for both Faron Young and Ray Price evident for the keen ear. Co-produced by steel guitar virtuoso Buddy Emmons, highlights include a tribute to McCall's adopted state of many years, "Tennessee"; a solid Roy Acuff cover in "Pins And Needles (In My Heart)"; "Dreams Of A Dreamer" and of course the famous title track, ensuring we're still talking about Darrell McCall's many talents to this day.