When Country Meets Dixie by the Oak Ridge Boys, The Dukes of Dixie and Various Artists
Hey, isn’t “Dixieland” another way of saying “the South,” like in Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight”? And isn’t the South synonymous with country music? Well, yes . . . but Dixieland is also a style of small-combo jazz with origins in New Orleans.
It’s with this potential for confusion that we’re introduced to When Country Meets Dixie, which trumpets itself as a “historic new genre” pairing The Oak Ridge Boys with The Dukes of Dixieland. What you actually get is an occasionally inspired and mildly appetizing, if overstuffed, gumbo.
The Oaks, who make a mere four-song appearance despite top billing, offer a bit of Cajun-coated gospel and a couple of their hits, creatively invigorated by jaunty Bourbon Street rhythms. The remainder of the album cobbles together old country chestnuts and songs associated with Louisiana, done by promising but unknown singers trying unpromisingly to launch their careers from the middle of this bayou bog.
Stalwart country fans who don’t know what it means to miss New Orleans can safely let this parade pass by.