Back at the Quonset Hut
Fresh from his success with “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway musical based on the fabled Memphis recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, roots rocker Chuck Mead returns with “Back at the Quonset Hut,” another history-conscious project. Named for the Nashville studio where George Jones, Patsy Cline and many of country’s biggest stars recorded, Mead and his band, including members of the city’s original A-Team of session players, revive the loose, genial vibe of the Quonset Hut’s ’50s and ’60s heyday.
The mood here is upbeat and infectious, with Mead and company abandoning themselves to the grin-inducing, honky-tonking likes of Hank Williams’s “Settin’ the Wood on Fire” and Carl Smith’s tongue-twisting “Hey Joe,” the latter done as a duet with country great Bobby Bare. A droll take on Del Reeves’s truck-driving classic “Girl on the Billboard” is equally inspired. And Appalachian music revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show lend support on a clarion remake of Roy Acuff’s “Wabash Cannonball.”