Country-rock chock full of blue-collar charm, Livin' or Dyin' is Jack Ingram's take on life after years of being in the road. While he covers Guy Clark's "Rite Ballou" and Jimmie Dale Gilmore's "Dallas," he makes them both sound like originals. Full of rockabilly guitar licks, Ingram songwriting shows that he has done his lessons and is now ready to graduate. "Imitation of Love" even comes across as an honest-to-goodness pop tune. Livin' or Dyin' is a great statement from one of country-rock's finest rising stars.
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AllMusic Review by James Chrispell