On his Lucky Dog debut, Jack Ingram showcases both fearless lyrical insight and growing melodic instincts via a rousing, raucous presentation that lives up to the album's title.

On his Lucky Dog debut, Jack Ingram showcases both fearless lyrical insight and growing melodic instincts via a rousing, raucous presentation that lives up to the album's title. "Keep on Keepin' On" is a roadhouse thumper with a cool Ingram vocal, while "Fool" is a reverb-drenched, atmospheric set piece. Throughout, Ingram's influences are often more Neil Young than Merle Haggard, with such cuts as "Everybody" and "One Lie Away" recalling some of Young's best, loosest work. Elsewhere, Ingram conjures a parallel universe where Bob Wills shares a bill with Drive-by Truckers (the beautifully dissonant "We're All in This Together"), then offers up strange backporch gospel on "Pete, Jesus and Me." Adventurous, ambitious, and confident, this fine disc may well be a catalyst for both Ingram and new Texas music.—RW