Under A Tennessee Moon

“Under a Tennessee Moon” – Taped in conjunction with the release of the 1996 Tennessee Moon album, the Columbia Music Video production of “Under A Tennessee Moon” shows us Neil Diamond as many have never seen him before–having real fun, and fully enjoying himself in an intimate setting! Multi-collaborations with Nashville’s finest songwriters give fans long-awaited-for new material, all with a country flair, which became increasingly popular in the 1990’s. Taped live before a studio audience at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the “neon” mixed with “country” set is a little weak, but the music more than makes up for it. Except for the closing number, a modern ‘country’ rendition of one of Neil’s standards, “Kentucky Woman,” this video offers all new titles, all of which are included in the Tennessee Moon album. “Under A Tennessee Moon” provides an intimate look at several artists involved in the songwriting process for the album, including their remarks about working with Neil, as they offer ‘behind the scenes’ interviews describing their Nashvillian techniques of song writing. Artists making live appearances on “Under A Tennessee Moon” include Chet Atkins on guitar (“Blue Highway”), Waylon Jennings (“One Good Love”), Mark O’Connor on fiddle (“Everybody”), and newcomer, Buffy Lawson, who with Neil, delivers a very sensuous performance of “Marry Me.” Former band member Richard Bennett, on acoustic guitar, joins Neil to perform his contribution to the album, “No Limit.” Other guests include Beth Neilsen Chapman, who plays piano while she and Neil sing the romantic duet, “Deep Inside of You.” Tim McGraw, Hal Ketchum, Raul Malo of the Mavericks, and Jennings join Neil on stage for the last number, “Kentucky Woman.” Separate video productions of “One Good Love” (the duet performed with Waylon Jennings), and “Marry Me” (containing scenes gathered from a nation-wide search for fans’ real wedding video clips) are added as bonuses to this video production.

(Reviewed by Eydie Ruth)

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