The fact that Dallas Wayne, one bodacious country singer/songwriter, is still laboring in semi-obscurity is a sin.
The fact that Dallas Wayne, one bodacious country singer/songwriter, is still laboring in semi-obscurity is a sin. He of the rumbling twang and lethal tremelo has created another killer record, beginning with the slacker's two-step "3:30 in the Afternoon." Adept at clever wordplay, Wayne shows off on cuts like the Texas swingin' "Junior Samples" and "Tex-tosterone." Also impressive are the swamp-honk "Downhill Slide," the shuffling "It's All Over, All Over Town" and the rousing "Crank the Hank." A balladeer from the John Anderson school, the Big D nails "She's Good to Go" and the fiddle-drenched "Still Know How to Cry." He's also pretty convincing on spoken-word weeper "Tell It to the Jukebox," which is every bit as cool as it is corny. But the real showstopper is the freaky title cut, which comes off like Stephen King on moonshine. If you don't get Dallas Wayne, you ain't country.—RW