As a previous reviewer already pointed out, at least in terms of artistic depth if not style, Nashville is a worthy successor to the wonderful "Don't Give Up On Me."
Although--if you read recent interviews--his love for Country is well known and nurtured over many years, it is stunning to see how such an accomplished Soul and R&B artist can be so at home with these Country & Western ballads and Honky-Tonk rousers.
Particularly in songs like his duets with Parton and Patty Griffin--both quite gorgeous--or That's How I Got To Memphis, Valley of Tears with Gillian Welch, Atta Way To Go and 'Til I Get It Right--this album's equivalent to "The Other Side Of The Coin"--Burke pours his heart and elevates these songs to the level of hymns. Yet, this is a different kind of Gospel, the gospel a man sings about the troubles of men and women trying to love each other or just making it through another day.
Lastly, in addition to the talented women offering their voices in these tracks--count Emmylou and Patty Loveless too--there's another gentleman to be thanked for this beauty of an album. Producer Buddy Miller's spins the poetry of his arrangements, realizing a sound that's just right for the intimate feel of these songs.
Brother Solomon is back, finally recording the Country album he has wished to make for so many years, proving that a great voice and a huge heart can cross any musical boundaries, making the long wait ever so worthwhile.