Lessons In Lonely

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Alan Jackson's fiddle player, Mark McClurg, and the man who's hit debut single "Old Enough to Know Better (But Still Too Young To Care)" launched his career, Wade McHayes, team up to bring country music a gifted album steeped in tradition. Produced by celebrated session guitarist Brent Rowan, Lessons In Lonely is like a lesson in musical instrumentation. Some of the tracks only have four or five instruments -- drums, bass, piano and acoustic guitar -- and sound like a throwback to music recorded decades ago. But it's a refreshing change from today's contemporaries and the album's broad appeal can be heard in such songs as "Don't Wait Till It's Gone," "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You," "Wrong Kind of Right," and "A Man Who's Worth Your Tears." It is unfortunate that quality album probably won't get much commercial radio play, but it should find a home in the CD racks of country's time-honored listeners.