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Jace Everett

Jace Everett – 2006 (Sony)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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With his debut, Jace Everett tries to blend a country sound with blues and '50s rock on "Bad Things," attempting to go down a road that Eric Heatherly traveled a few years ago. But he shows lots of versatility behind the classic sound that he tapped.

On "Everything I Want," Everett sings about what everyone in his life wants him to do while he's just looking for a one night stand. He also shines on the light-hearted "A Little Less Lonely," about two friends crossing the line to romance. Everett's humor doesn't stop with just the up-tempo songs. On the Radney Foster-co write "Half of My Mistakes," Everett offers an interesting introspection into his past with the line "Half of my mistakes, I made stone-cold sober."

Everett, who wrote "Bad Things" and co-wrote 5 other tracks on the 10-song debut, closes with an emotional ballad - "Between a Father and a Son" - that chronicles the relationship between four generations of fathers and sons.