Country music legend Jim Ed Brown will celebrate his 81st birthday in March and has career that spans almost 60 years. He recorded with sisters Maxine and Bonnie as The Browns in the 1950s, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, and launched a solo career in the mid-1960s.
Though Brown has dozens of albums to his credit, “In Style Again” marks his first solo recording in more than 30 years. Brown’s distinctive old-school country voice has held up very well over the years and he does nothing to tarnish his legacy on this 13-track gem.
Brown enlists some help from a few famous friends on “In Style Again.” His sisters join him for “When the Sun Says Hello to the Mountain,” Vince Gill sits in on “Tried and True,” The Whites are featured “You Again” and longtime collaborator Helen Cornelius duets on “Don’t Let Me Cross Over.” In addition to those winning entries, Brown shines bright on the title track, Older Guy” and fun-loving closer “Am I Still Country?” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)