Tom Jones sings What?

Tom Jones has just recorded a new album; Praise and Blame.  Yes, the same Tom Jones who recorded Delilah, It’s Not Unusual and Sex Bomb!  This is very good lesson in not pigeon-holing artists into nice little compartments.  This album showcases a mix of country, retro blues and spirituals with minimal background music which highlights Tom’s voice ….which has aged well at 70 years.  Cuts I especially liked were; Don’t Knock (The Staple Singers),  Burning Hell (John C Hooker), the hauntingly What Good Am I (Dylan) and Didn’t It Rain (Mahalia Jackson).  I was listening to this yesterday in the truck driving 70 mph down a Michigan country road – yes, the volume was cranked up….and I was happy……