Starting with just voice and guitar on "Irene (Ravin' Bomb) we are left in no doubt as to the territory we are entering.
The misery continues in the beautiful but sad "Junk Town" before the song that led me to this album, "Letter To Madeline". The story of a doomed robbery and an unsent letter of love adds in some Neil Young style lead guitar to a song that Johnny Cash or The Band could have recorded.
"Loving You", "That Kind Of Life" and "Dead On The River (Rolling Down)" continue with what I think embodies the whole album; a solid and authentic country feel that is miles removed from the polished soft rock that makes up a lot of mainstream country these days. "Dead On The River" in particular has a lovely laid back minor key groove that you could listen to for hours even if the lyrics continue the tales of woe.
What won't disappoint you is the consistently high standard of songwriting and performance to be found here. I can't recommend this album highly enough and if the Kentuckian can keep up this level of quality I imagine he has a long career ahead.
"Just set me up a stone on that high hillside........."