Those impressive young country guns just keep a-comin'.

Those impressive young country guns just keep a-comin'. Dusty Drake busts out of the box with keen songwriter's instincts and a stone country vocal that recalls John Anderson. "Too Wet to Plow" is country with an edge, "Not Bad for a Good Ole Boy" is a feel-good midtempo ode to relative success, and "Smaller Pieces" is a neo-classic. Sure to attract some attention is "One Last Time," a powerhouse weeper with a heartrending twist. Then, Drake thankfully rolls into an uptempo ("Going on Eighteen"). Elsewhere, "The Hard Way" is swamp-honk that works like voodoo, and "The Wish" is solid country gold. Make no mistake: These are boom times for country music, and acts like Dusty Drake should keep it going for a while.—RW