Whether its country or the Oasis-sounding pop of I Need Something, he keeps the listener firmly in place.
Breaking Promises lets the fiddle player shine while delivering a wry, humorous tune about the trials of hard living: Goodbye left brain cells / Weve had some good times / Breakin promises one at a time. The tune is tailor-made for country radio; its that polished and sure.
Acoustic ballad closer In Too Deep is another cut that easily could translate to radio success. Novotny flexes his emotive power, and its downright convincing. The strong performances throughout only are aided by Trent Bells clear, precise engineering.
Sad Songs and Whiskey is an excellent release that should be snapped up by fans of hot country. Catch the band every Friday and Saturday at Sliders, 2616 Interstate 35 Service Road. Stephen Carradini