Picks and Pans Review: We All Get Lucky Sometimes

updated 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lee Roy Parnell

A good-looking, dirty-blond Central Texan who has knocked around the fringes of the music biz for two decades, Lee Roy Parnell is ready for the big time. In fact he's much fresher sounding than 99 percent of Nashville's other up-and-comers. At heart, Parnell is a Stevie Ray Vaughan-style blues-rocker, and if the effort to squeeze his scruffiness into a smooth, modern country mold is transparent at times, he is resilient enough to adapt. In fact, the album's most commercial-sounding tunes, like the single "A Little Bit of You," are among its best. The record's only real flaw: It doesn't convey enough of the looseness and virtuosity that Parnell shows onstage. He not only has a winning stage manner—relaxed and intelligent—live, he has time to unwind and slay audiences with his knockout slide-guitar prowess. (Career)

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