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The Right Place

(Hack Circle; US: 15 Dec 2009; UK: Import)

This hootenanny of a disc lets your inner redneck simmer in guilty-pleasure country. With adapted standards like “99 Bottles of Beer” and new classics like the title track, The Right Place hits the right notes. One can even forget the cheesiness of the barroom standby thanks to Zane Williams’ smooth-staccato stylings. Williams moved to Nashville from Texas ten years ago to perfect his chops, and his shimmering country tunes glitter with bright fiddle, Dobro, and guitars. Country music lovers will love the pictures Williams paints, as exemplified on the title track: “If you can see your troubles by the glow of a neon light / Come on in / You’re in the right place tonight.” with his slight honey-sweet drawl. The soft, breezy nature of Tony Harrell’s accordion makes will make many long for the summer days of river time.

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