Mescalito is the (major label) debut of Ryan Bingham a native of New Mexico, jammed full of Texas country, recorded in Nashville and Long Beach, California! When you're building on years of tradition in country, roots and rock, innovation is not really the issue. What you want to know is: is it any good and how does it sound? And the answers are: it's good - really good, and if you heard this on the radio you'd know Bingham's croaky voice right away. Sure there are hints of other writers, singers and players, but what do you expect in 2008? Bingham and his band create a joyous, footstomping noise, especially on stand out track 'Bread and Water'. Sure it's dumb. No there's not too much in the lyrics that's deep and meaningful. Sure you've heard it all before, but rarely have you heard it this good. In short, Mescalito rocks.