Tony Stampley dips deeply and often into the Bocephus well, but nevertheless proves a capable songwriter and singer with personality on such Dixie-fried observations as "American Offline," "Dirt Road

Tony Stampley dips deeply and often into the Bocephus well, but nevertheless proves a capable songwriter and singer with personality on such Dixie-fried observations as "American Offline," "Dirt Road Rock 'n' Roll," and "I Hate to See You Go (But I Love to Watch You Walk Away)." "Another Cold One" and "One Bad Habit" slice and pound with authority, but Stampley proves an emotive country balladeer on such cuts as "Dreamin' Again," the gospel-tinged "Doctor Jesus," and father/son treatise "He Never Said He Loved Me." Stampley rocks hard and with country edge, but when he steps out and shows a softer side he actually makes his case a little better. Still, if country needs anything right now it's a big ol' shot of testosterone, and Stampley proudly swaggers on such Southern rockers as "One Shot," "I Know What You've Got up Your Sleeve," "Bad Girl (Looking for a Good Time)," and the imminent hangover song "Waste of Good Whiskey." Any of these would be welcome radio relief from an endless parade of neutered love songs.—RW

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