Feel Like Going Home: The Songs of Charlie Rich Various artists Memphis International/ Planet Through the years Charlie Rich attracted many big-name fans. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Tom Waits have all expressed their fondness for the versatile singer and songwriter, but none is anywhere to be found on this loving tribute to the songs of the Silver Fox. Minus massive star power, this humble celebration is almost exclusively a salute to his time under the tutelage of Sam Phillips. Recorded in the same Memphis studio that Rich toiled in decades before, producer-guitarist Michael Dinallo creates a driving sound that’s not big on finesse yet still captures the majesty of Rich’s blossoming songwriting talent. Given that most of the original recordings are perfect period pieces, the 13 vocalists faced the unenviable task of trying to show something of themselves without standing in competition. Rich’s stock in trade was a misery and melancholy that matched Hank Williams’s. In putting their stamp on the material, Susan Marshall ( Time and Again) and Johnny Hoy ( Don’t Put No Headstone on My Grave) give wellintentioned but overwrought performances. Everyone else holds something back and lets the songs do the heavy lifting. Charlie Rich Jr revisits rockabilly thumper Break Up with as much vigour as his father did more than 40 years ago. He is also heard on Holli Mosley’s passionate take on Who Will the Next Fool Be? Will Kimbrough rumbles through Sittin’ And Thinkin’ with thick guitars replacing Rich’s piano licks. Jim Lauderdale and Shooter Jennings make a great racket on Lonely Weekends and Rebound, respectively, while lesser-known delights Midnight Blues and Easy Money show just how much quality material there is in his catalogue.