Rex Allen, Jr. – Then & Now. Review By Oj Sikes

Rex Jr CD 2020
Rex Jr CD 2020

Then & Now

Rex Allen, Jr.

Country Rewind Records CRR-215

In the 1970s and 80s, every “single” Rex Allen, Jr. recorded (over 50 of them) made the charts. As he looks back on those years, his memories are fond ones, and, as he was selecting the 16 songs for this new CD, he decided to divide the songs between then and now, thus, the album’s title. The first eight tracks represent for Rex, the end of an era in country music. After those songs came out, the music changed. The second half of the album represents the trail Rex has followed since then, going back to his roots and what he calls “modern Western music.”

The liner notes include interesting stories about several of the songs from each era. I was particularly impressed with the renditions of “Deep in the West,” “Dream on Texas Ladies,” “Lonesome Town,” “Bullets in the Gun” and “Where are the Heroes,” and he teams up with Juni Fisher to close the album with a beautiful rendition of Dylan’s “Forever Young.” This is not a “Greatest Hits” collection, so you may find some good music you haven’t heard before, in addition to a few old favorites, newly produced. Available online at and

Track List

Dream on Texas Ladies
Running Down Memory Lane
A Good Woman’s Love
When You Held Me in Your Arms
My Angel
Memory Train
The Air That I Breathe
I Never Made Love
Sweet Rosanna
Deep in the West
Lonesome Town
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Crying in the Chapel
Bullets in the Gun
Where Are the Heroes
Forever Young