In the years since Shea's first release, Outside of Nashville, he has developed into a songwriter of uncommon talent. This sophomore release takes the listener on one sweet ride. Reflecting the culture of southern California as much as the honky tonk culture of which he is a part, Shea's work here is dark and moody as well as picturesque. "Georgia Pines" is a mountain tale that enchants the listener with its imagery, as does "Sycamore Grove." "Border Town Girl" is a cultural study revealing the clash that takes place when two different cultures meet in one place. Interestingly enough, the story could have been taken just as easily from Texas as California. Another song that stands out is "One More Night," a joint venture between Shea and Wyman Reese. With good production, again Shea is assisted by Reese, John Lee White III, and labelhead Gary Mandell. The musicianship is exceptional, with artists like Brantley Kearns, Chris Gaffney, Skip Edwards, Keith Rosier, and Reese filling up the band. Background and harmony vocals are handled by Jann Browne, Heather Miles, Lonesome Stranger Randy Weeks, Gaffney, and Reese. An all-star lineup results in a project that will remain a solid and sparkling representation of the artistry involved.
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AllMusic Review by Jana Pendragon