You know what? Every album this guy puts out I think to myself "Well there's no way this will be as good as his last one", and every time it is. I know that there are those who have never forgiven him for growing up and getting past "Guitar Town", but quite frankly I think that is their loss. The way his lyrics have matured with the man I think is far more seemly than some of his slightly older and better known blue collar millionaires banging on about their teenage angst!
There is some quite quirky jazz influenced stuff on here and more than one nod to New Orleans on a few songs. The one weak track to me is the one with the best title-Warren Hellman's Banjo-. Not 100% sure why it dosn't work as his other recentish banjo outing Oxycontin Blues is a great track. To me the stand out tracks on an overall brilliant CD are the title track The Low Highway, Burnin' It Down and Remember Me. Got a bit teary listening to that last one, powerful stuff.
Eleanor Whitmore's fiddle playing on this album is so well judged (under the old adage of "It's just as important what you don't play, as what you do") that it blew me away on the first listening. Kelley Looney does what we have come to expect solid and original in equal measure without letting his ego bust through; understated brilliance; of course the other Dukes and Duchesses are carved from the same log ability wise and playing like a band member not a show pony which is what makes it all work. Great stuff, can't wait to see it all live.