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Darryl Worley

I Miss My Friend – 2002 (DreamWorks Nashville)

Reviewed by Bill Silvers

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CDs by Darryl Worley

With 2000's "Hard Rain Don't Last," Darryl Worley made one of the most notable debut records of recent years, a collection of neo-traditional country that merited the comparison it drew to predecessors like Randy Travis, George Strait and Alan Jackson. Two years and three Top-20 singles later, Worley's delivered a strong, confident follow-up.

This shines brightest on the songs Worley had a hand in co-writing (seven of twelve songs here). The opening "Tennessee River Run," (with a resemblance to Jackson's "Chattahoochie") provides a lively, good-natured start. "I Wouldn't Mind The Shackles" (written with Howard Perdew) bittersweet lyric is nicely accented by Aubrie Haynie's fiddle. The title track (not written by Worley) is relatively unexceptional, persuasive vocal aside, yet has already given him his first Top 10 hit. "Calling Caroline," a truck driving raveup, features the fine work of Haynie, guitarist Brent Mason and steel guitarist Paul Franklin. "The Least That You Can Do," (written with Walt Aldridge) is a touching farewell from a husband left behind. This CD is a convincing display of Worley's talent.