A key member of Nashville's early 1990's cadre of traditional country artists, Tracy Lawrence has ebbed and flowed over the past decade.

A key member of Nashville's early 1990's cadre of traditional country artists, Tracy Lawrence has ebbed and flowed over the past decade. This new project, recorded in an earthy, no-nonsense style, showcases Lawrence's primary skills as an emotive traditional tenor with a savvy interpreter's instinct. A burr fiddle kickstarts the honky-tonk rebel-rouser "Crawlin' Again," and the downhome sentiment of debut single "Life Don't Have To Be So Hard" may work for Lawrence the way his "If the World had a Front Porch" did previously. Lawrence's understated delivery sells the wounded ballad "Getting Back Up," and radio should bite on such airwave-friendly midtempo fare as "It's Hard To Be an Outlaw" and "I Won All the Battles." But the record's emotional peak is the tear-soaked ballad "What a Memory," which boasts a touching lyric from Kenny Beard and a career vocal from Lawrence. Having made the transition from rookie upstart to seasoned veteran, Lawrence appears poised for another round of commercial success.—RW

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