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Radney Foster’s 1992 debut is a rarity within modern country music: an album with a lot of kick but absolutely no pretense or theatricality. The plainspoken Foster doesn’t overplay his voice, nor does he assume the macho cowboy affectations that can befall even the most talented of Nashville’s contemporary performers. His debut is full of hooks and climactic choruses—check out “A Fine Line,” “Don’t Say Goodbye," and “Hammer and Nails”—but he avoids bloated deliveries or saccharine veneers. Even in the sweeping, weepy ballad “Easier Said Than Done,” the feeling is drawn from classic country and gospel, not stadium rock. Foster's much more than a neo-traditionalist, but it'd be lying to say that his chrome-plated Bakersfield swing numbers “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Louisiana Blues” aren’t two of the best songs here. “Old Silver” is a great closer, full of the natural feeling that's so lacking in contemporary country. But the gold star must go to “Closing Time,” an alcoholic hymn for the ages.

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One of the First Country CD's I ever bought--and GREAT!

I think I'd heard "Nobody Wins," but was at a point in my life where I wanted to escape Rock. I bought this and was blown away. Lousiana Blue and Closing Time are two heartbreak songs that should put Radney Foster in some Hall of Fame or another--all by themselves. I can honestly say there's only one song I don't absolutely love--and it's okay. This album is as good as anything you can buy. If you're not a country fan and just want some music that relates to a blue period of your life, this is a perfect choice. It never made me want to drink, but I think I got all the "benefits" without the alcohol.

A must have!!

When it comes to albums, it just doesn't get much better than this. I bought this again because my CD is shot after 15 years of abuse. Strange but a lot of people have never even heard of Radney. Although, when they hear him they always love his music.

Texas

Love this album! Makes me wanna go home(Texas) true outstanding album best one Foster has out there! Just call me Loansome!

Biography

Born: July 20, 1959 in Del Rio, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter, then found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd, and finally embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting. Foster was born in Del Rio, TX, and took up the guitar at age 12. He began performing small-club gigs while attending the University of the South, a liberal arts college in Sewanee, TN, and took leave from school to try his luck in Nashville. In 1985,...
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