Darryl Worley

I Miss My Friend

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This Merle Haggard/Randy Travis sound-alike oozes natural talent. Worley is a standout in a sea of country-pop wannabes. Words like "good ol' boy," "honky tonk," and "down home" can be used to describe this straight-shooting album. The buoyant "Tennessee River Run," the first cut, sets the tone, letting listeners know that for the next 41 minutes they would be in for a hootin' and hollerin' ride. And they are, with songs like "Callin' Caroline" and "Spread a Little Love Around." Notables include the bluesy "Family Tree" and the jazz-infused "Opportunity of a Lifetime." Worley's skill as a songwriter is not to be overlooked, either. I Miss My Friend is a gratifying listen.

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