The one-time keyboard player for Doc Holliday shines like new money on this, his first solo outing from Macon's White Clay label. Eight of the ten songs herein were co-written by Stone, and he has included a pair of excellent cover tunes to top it all off. John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night" kicks things off with a bang, and Stone's other remake, the Beatles' "You Can't Do That," is pure pop, with a clean, unobtrusive sound that takes on a whole new life at the hands of Stone and his band. Excellent musicianship dominates "Right Tonight" with veteran Capricorn Records producer Paul Hornsby laying down a groove on Hammond B-3 organ, Mike Causey and Rob Walker from Stillwater, David Ragsdale from Kansas, and former Doc Holliday drummer Ross Lindsey all adding to the mix. Chris Hicks turns in some guest guitar parts that help to highlight the collection. "Chain of Broken Dreams" offers seemingly unlimited potential as a Top 40 hit, with its infectious melody and a chorus that gets stuck in your head. The melodic and catchy "I'll Have a Good Cry" is a good country song, and "Ain't Been Home" comes across with a real Georgia Satellites or Kentucky Headhunters rocking feel. "House on the Hill" co-written with Wally Ford, is a stand-out track reminiscent of some of Gram Parsons' classic country-rock writing. "Don't Turn Out the Lights (I'm Afraid of the Dark)," "Shot Down in Cold Blood," and "My Back's Against the Wall" are all radio-worthy as well. After two decades as a performer, sharing the stage with everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gregg Allman and Black Sabbath, Eddie Stone has proven that experience, along with a massive dose of God-given talent, can create an absolutely wonderful listening experience.
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