From his thumping take on the Everly Brothers "Price of Love," which opens the festivities, Buddy Miller's latest Hightone release offers another dose of some of country's least-tamed brilliance.

From his thumping take on the Everly Brothers "Price of Love," which opens the festivities, Buddy Miller's latest Hightone release offers another dose of some of country's least-tamed brilliance. The rough-hewn "Wild Card" and tender "I Can't Get Over You" are imbued with more than a hint of Hank, and the greasy, grinding title cut conjures all the blinding self-pity one could imagine. "When It Comes to You" is like Bob Dylan on Beale Street, and the big, bold "Water When the Well Runs Dry" is rugged stoicism. A spritely "Oh Fe Pe'Chee D'amour" goes down like a cold Dixie beer, and "Quecreek" is Appalachia coal-mine fatalism rendered with deep soul. Occasionally seasoned by wife Julie's sterling harmonies and songwriting and always impervious to the prevailing winds of what typically passes for country music, Miller plows on as one of Americana's most fearless individualists.—RW