on “The Best of Times”

By Kevin O’Hare, The Republican

Various Artists, “The Best of Times: Texas Artists Performing The Music of Sara Hickman” (Sleeveless). THREE STARS

She may not be that well known to the rest of the country, yet any singer who’s got a 38-song double-CD filled with artists from her state of Texas saluting her has got to be deserving.

As fans of Sara Hickman know, the lady is indeed.

This fund-raiser for the Theatre Action Project, which brings art, music and theater to Central Texas schools features a stellar array of guests. Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin, Robert Earl Keen, The Flatlanders, Rhett Miller, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, and Marcia Ball are just a few on board.

Nelson’s “Simply” gets the affair off in fine style, but not all the best songs are from the biggest stars. “Give it Every Little Thing You’ve Got,” by Ray Von Foster; The electric surge of Trish Murphy and Charlie Sexton’s “The Best of Times;” as well as Betty Soo’s “Sister and Sam” are just a few of the musical highlights.


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