When you hear the name Miley Cyrus your first thought is more likely to be along the lines of ‘troubled teen’ than ‘acoustic classics’ but that’s exactly what Miley Cyrus’ “Backyard Sessions” provides. It wasn’t all that long ago that Miley was the country-pop Disney star Hannah Montana so it’s not a huge surprise that her country roots can still come out, and make a strong showing.
The first song I stumbled across from the “Backyard Sessions” collection was “Jolene”, which you can check out on YouTube for free. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been much of a Dolly Parton fan and even at that this song had failed to do a whole lot towards moving me. When her voice started though this was something different, that much became immediately clear. While sounding little like the original it felt, to me, to be even more of a classic.
The videos themselves are great as well; sitting outside and dressed casually with a couple of band members and, most of the time, acoustic guitars or a simple amp. The whole thing has a great feeling to it, as she makes her own and rattles off one classic country song after another she often glances at lyric sheets on her lap. This is no highly polished performance, she’s going through all of these songs made by famous artists from well before her time and each song, one after another she nails them all. Whoever was in charge of these videos deserves some credit as well, the atmosphere they provide just adds to the overall charm of the experience.
This is far from the Miley Cyrus we know of late, sticking her tongue out or twerking her way across the stage. These songs manage to be tasteful, mellow and so completely and utterly unexpected that I find myself smiling and sincerely enjoying myself. I’m only sitting in front of my computer, on a rainy day in a Northern state, but I may as well be sitting in the back yard sipping on some sweet tea or maybe some freshly squeezed lemonade.
As soon as I was clicking through from one song to the next; the entire collection listened to and thoroughly enjoyed. Young Miley has moved up a few notches in my mind after these songs. Whether you have heard about the collection but she’s not your type of gal or if this is your introduction to the songs give them a listen, I think you’ll be surprised about what you see, hear and feel.