Ronnie McDowell

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Singer Ronnie McDowell launched his career with a novelty hit about Elvis' death and has spent much of his career doing King-related things, so it's easy to overlook his fine contributions to country music over the past two decades. This lively new project shows that with the right material he can still be in fine form with the help of his band, the Rhythm Kings. "Gimme Some More" is spirited honky tonk pop fun, while "Amazing Grace" isn't the hymn but a colorful lament for a girl who loved the song. Unlike most popular country singers who rely solely on the material of others, McDowell writes a good half of these songs, including the clever "Treat Me Like a Dog," the poignant "Linda, You're Losing a Good Thing," and the lust-filled punchy rocker "Is It Hot in Here." It's doubtful that this will knock guys from the new generation off the charts, but it's good to see there's still a fire burning in the members of the old guard.

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