First off, I have to state that I'm not an admirer of country music at all- far too depressing for my ears, and I loathe ballads. That being said, I was given this a a Christmas present as it has a picture of a guitar on the cover, and I play one, so it would be poor manners not to at least give it a listen.
It would be an understatement to say that I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed; yes, there are some slow numbers on it I'm afraid (hence the four stars only), but not many. As for the remainder, trust me, this bloke can really play. In fact, he's the most dynamic guitarist I've heard in long while, the slides, bends, trills, harmonics and fills come at you in an avalanche, and I was quite disappointed when the album finished. So much so that I immediately played it again. The track "Start a Band" could have been taken from my own thoughts as a youngster.
So if, like me, your abiding memories of country remain being subjected to your dads hideous collection of Jim Reves, Bobby Bare, et al, give this a go. I assure you, you won't regret it. Nashville, this bloke isn't. Very impressed and pleased that I've got it.