Picks and Pans Review: Tom Wopat
Even before a contract dispute led to a temporary dismissal from his role as Luke on TV's Dukes of Hazzard last year, Wopat had decided to try his luck at recording some hit-and-run singing. Turns out he is more than just a showbiz carpetbagger. Wopat sang and played trombone with a band while at the University of Wisconsin in the early 70s and performed in musical theater before getting tabbed for his Hazzard role in 1979. For this project he was lucky enough to snag TV's top tunesmith, Mike Post (Hill Street Blues, Greatest American Hero), to produce. Post has a knack for listenable tunes and manages to make the most of Wopat's limited vocal talents. Wopat has a good chance at landing a hit with the old Everly Brothers tune ('Til) I Kissed You and the beaming Full Moon, Empty Pockets on this album. Among the notable players sitting in are guitarist and co-producer Herb Pedersen, bassist Lee Sklar and David Lindley on the fiddle. Wopat is an adequate country crooner, but he shouldn't quit his day job yet.