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Tom Wopat’s Consider it Swung is an intriguing mix of classic songs with a jazzy, soulful twist. It offers a cool, relaxing vibe that takes the listener back in time, much like the music of Michael Buble. Full of intelligent lyrics and emotion-filled delivery, ‘Swung’ is a plausible effort from the former TV star.
Tom Wopat was best known for his role as Luke Duke, the hood-sliding good ‘ole boy on The Dukes of Hazzard. Thus, it may come as a surprise to fans that he departed from his country roots for this album. While he had much success in the 80’s and 90’s with the release of country-rock albums, being defined to that genre was no longer his passion. For 2011’s Consider it Swung, Wopat decided to take a jazz approach. He also mixed in some cabaret influences (undoubtedly a result of his starring on Broadway).
Taking otherwise up-tempo songs and making them into slower, more mood-establishing pieces proved very successful on this album. One of my favorites was Wopat’s interpretation of Blood, Sweat & Tears’ "Spinning Wheel." While the original version was good for singing along to in the car, Wopat’s version made me want to get up and groove with my sweetheart. His gritty, raw emphasis on particular syllables made my heart race. The song’s feel-good rhythm and Wopat’s soulful delivery made me smile, and I couldn’t help but replay the masterpiece again and again.
Another stand out song was Wopat's take on Delbert McClinton’s "Maybe Someday Baby." He beautifully captured the emotions of any type of fledgling relationship. His voice presented an honest, I’ve-been-there connection to the lyrics, and I couldn't help but go along with him on the journey.
Consider it Swung is the perfect compilation for a night of reflection, relaxation and romance. Take a listen. You won’t regret it.
Below is Wopat’s rendition of "Spinning Wheel":
And here is a flashback to a 1993 duet of the Dukes of Hazzard theme song he did with co-star John Schneider.