Hello all! Welcome to the new feature Sunday Morning Time Capsule which will be a weekly feature here at Critically Country. In this feature I will do a throwback spotlight on a song, album or subject. I say spotlight instead of review because I won’t be giving grades for this feature just discussing the piece of work. Nostalgia can be a powerful thing so hopefully you all enjoy this piece as much as I do. I am happy to take requests for the Time Capsule if you have any so speak up if you do.
After last week’s Sunday Morning Time Capsule which featured Sarah Evans, I decided for this week that I would take us a little farther back in time. The song that I chose this week is “After the Fire is Gone” which was a duet by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. The song was recorded a whopping 25 years before this critic was born and spent 2 weeks atop the country chart. I decided to take us farther back in time because, I am not nearly as versed in older country music as I would like to be. I love Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn so I thought that a duet with these two would be perfect.
The song is a classic country song about two people who are involved in an affair. The two of them know what they are doing is wrong and each time they meet they promise it will be the last time. The reason for the affair is that both of them are in a loveless marriage. There is no longer a fire or spark in their marriages so they seek out the fire by being with each other. The two of them sound fantastic on this song and there is some great pedal steel in a pretty simple production. The song comes in at only two minutes and 37 seconds but, the two of them lay out their situation’s pretty concisely.