Elvis Costello returns to Nashville (scene of 1981's "Almost Blue" recordings) and links up again with producer T. Bone Burnett (who produced Costello's classic "King of America" and 1989's "Spike" and co-wrote with Costello the Oscar-nominated "The Scarlet Tide," sung by Alison Krauss in the movie Cold Mountain.) It's thirty-two years since the blistering debut of "My Aim Is True" and the stellar sequence of Costello (and the Attractions) albums that followed. Depending on your perspective, it's somewhere between 10 and 20 years since the release of a Costello album qualified as a bona fide musical event. For all his brilliance, Costello is still criticized for his genre-hopping ways. But throughout his brilliant career, three things have been (pretty much) constant: 1) Costello's musical intelligence and inquisitiveness; 2) his choice of great collaborators; 3) his incredible voice. For fans old and new, "Secret, Profane and Sugarcane" displays all three traits. It's an acoustic collection of rootsy, bluesy, "back-porch" Americana, with dobro, fiddle, mandolin and accordion supplied by some great backing musicians. "Complicated Shadows" (from 1996's "All This Useless Beauty") gets reworked here, along with "Hidden Shame" (a Costello song recorded by Johnny Cash, and previously available as a Costello demo from 1996). Among the ten previously unrecorded tracks are two bluegrassy numbers written with T.Bone Burnett -- "Sulphur to Sugarcane" and "The Crooked Line" -- plus Costello's second collaboration with Loretta Lynn, the classic-country-sounding "I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came." There are also four songs from Costello's unfinished Hans Christian Andersen opera. If you're not already a Costello fan, this is not the album to start with. But if you are (like me) always willing to follow Costello on every step of his musical journey, there's a swing-seat on the porch waiting for you. Enjoy.