Guitar picker, songwriter, and all-around good guy Steve Wariner debuts on his own SelecTone label here, and it's a home-grown project that blends recuts of previous hits with new material.

Guitar picker, songwriter, and all-around good guy Steve Wariner debuts on his own SelecTone label here, and it's a home-grown project that blends recuts of previous hits with new material. Produced by Wariner in his own studio, the results, like his past releases, offer strong musicianship, sincere (if sometimes sappy) balladry, and plenty of heart. While it may be hard for some to fault him for it, Wariner wears that heart so openly on his sleeve it makes a big target on predictable weepers like "Snowfall on the Sand," "The Christmas Prayer," and "I Really Don't Have Anything"—so much so that, while pretty, such tracks are somewhat snooze-inducing. Far, far better are the rollicking "Carmelita" (with Lee Roy Parnell), the hypnotic groove of the title cut, and the crisp observation of "Welcome to This World." Likewise, Wariner's "open-book" emotional stance works to perfection on the exquisitely delivered "There Will Come a Day (Holly's Song)" and the impressively styled Atkins tribute "In My Heart Forever (For Chet)." And the Latin passion of "Kiss Me Anyway" is a winner. Wariner is undeniably a major talent, and at a generous 16 cuts, his fans should be well-satisfied.—RW