Although success has carried country singer/songwriter Billy Currington far away from his beloved hometown of Rincon, Georgia, he remains the same simple man who was indelibly shaped by his upbringing in this small Southern town with a population of 4,376.
Currington burst onto the music scene in 2003 with his eponymous debut CD, which contained the powerful Top 10 hit Walk a Little Straighter and the fun Top 5 smash I Got a Feelin, which was accompanied by the memorable video co-starring Baywatch beauty Gena Lee Nolin.
Billy Curringtons music captures the lives of hard-working people who often live off the beaten path. The only luxury they can afford perhaps is time, so they relish the few moments they have off the clock, when their time is finally their own. Sometimes its the thought of Saturday night that gets them through an exhausting week, so when the weekend rolls around, its time to forget their troubles and celebrate.
New artists dream about the kind of results Josh Turner achieved with his 2003 debut, Long Black Train. Spurred by its haunting, gospel-inflected title track, the album sold a million copies and brought Turner a pair of nominations from the influential Country Music Association, plus a Top New Artist nomination from the Academy of Country Music.
That debut, however, was merely a prelude. Turners sophomore project, Your Man, demonstrates an increased maturity, a better-honed sense of his strengths and a more specific portrait of the singer as both an artist and a man.
In that regard alone, Your Man is a winner. The album covers a range of emotionsfrom romantic devotion to spiritual intimacy to ethereal sillinesswhile paying overt allegiance to many of the musical figures who inspired him. Two of his biggest influences, honky-tonker John Anderson and bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, make guest appearances; a Don Williams hit, Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy, gets reworked; and the Coal Miners Daughter is even referenced in the title of the inexplicably weird Loretta Lynns Lincoln. If that werent enough, Turner pays tribute to Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride and even trucker-ballad specialist Red Sovine. In fact, the last notes Turner sings on the album are an unintentional tribute to a country-gospel master, as the singer recaptures the way on down line from the late J.D. Sumners performance on an Elvis Presley hit.
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Added by Insight on June 22, 2007