Entertainment Weekly - 2/12/99, p.83
"...Marty Stuart gives the performance of his career on a zippy cover of Merle Travis' 'Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette,' Willie Neson shows Beck how to lasso a country song ('Drivin' Nails in My Coffin'), and Carter Burwell evokes the grandeur of the West with his instrumental score." - Rating: B
Original score composed by Carter Burwell.
Personnel: David Torn (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Nick Woolage; Jake Jackson; Michael Farrow.
Editor: Adam Smalley.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris O'Connell; Mark Bennett ; Chris Tombling; Peter Oxer; Jim McLeod; Frank Schaefer; Justin Pearson ; Bill Benham; Paul Gardham; Robert Smissen; David Woodcock; Maciej Rakowski; Don Walser; Perry Montague-Mason; Rebecca Hirsch; Jonathan Barritt; Rachel Allen ; Gavin McNaughton; Frank Ricotti; George Robertson; John Bradbury; Richard Bissill; Rolf Wilson; Roger Groves; Tommy Alsup; Peter Davies ; Dermot Crehan; Gary Hogue; Paul Cullington; Eddie Roberts ; Glen Rothstein; Bobby Boatwright; Ben Cruft; Michael Laird ; Mike Brittain; Julian Jackson; Larry Spencer; Leon Rausch; Nick Cooper ; Paul Morgan; Tim Alexander ; Tom Morrell; Mark Abbott; Mitch Dalton; David Daniels ; Roger Garland; Bill Hawkes; John Heley; Steve Henderson; Garfield Jackson; Skaila Kanga ; Helen Keen; Paul Kegg; Peter Lale; Helen Liebmann; Martin Loveday; Rita Manning; Jane Marshall ; Maurice Murphy; John Pigneguy; Anthony Pleeth ; Sonia Slany; Jonathan Snowden; David Theodore; Richard Watkins; Gavyn Wright; Jimmy Belkin.
Oh, it could have been so sweet! A country mix featuring such gems as the yodeling Don Walser making magic with "I'll Hold You In My Heart" and Leon Rausch (of Texas Playboy fame) revisiting "San Antonio Rose." There's even a nice duet between Beck and Willie Nelson on "Driving Nails in My Coffin." But the bottom falls out on the whole thing when Carter Burwell's rather nondescript score comes into play for the second half of the disc. This is one of those cases of "If you can't find it anywhere else and you have to have it, well, you have no choice." ~ Tim Sheridan