Jimmy Wayne, "Sara Smile"

4.5

Anyone who has followed Jimmy Wayne's career knows the North Carolina native has a history with "Sara Smile." His resurrected version of this '70s Hall & Oates classic helped him land his first record deal and has been a favorite during his live shows and radio promo visits. Now the song is here for the masses, and it's gorgeous. Easily the most soulful of today's young country crooners, Wayne delivers an earthy, sensual performance. Song originators Daryl Hall and John Oates lend their background vocals, and producer Dann Huff remains true to the R&B-flavored essence of the original, while interjecting subtle fiddle and steel touches that make it a solid fit for country radio. "Sara Smile" has strong hit potential and is a great launch pad for Wayne's new album of the same title, due Nov. 24. --Deborah Evans Price