Picks and Pans Review: Hard Rain Don't Last

updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Darryl Worley (Dream Works)

Worley grew up in notorious Hardin County, Tenn., once the battleground of moonshiners and rev-enuers, where some folks still prefer to get their sour mash from a neighbor's backwoods still rather than traipse into town for the packaged kind. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter is steeped in the region's colorful lore and legend-not to mention its white-lightning-pure country music. That background serves him well here as he showcases his double-threat talent on this impressive debut CD. With a smoke-cured voice and an easy, back-porch-swing delivery, Worley sounds as lived-in as an old denim shirt. And his songs seem as inevitable as the Tennessee River, which runs by his family's home near the Civil War's Shiloh battle site. "I'm tired of workin' every day for a dollar/I could choke on my own blue collar," he sings on "A Good Day to Run," a driving song worthy of being blared from a souped-up pickup. And he displays a good ear for Tennessee talk on a rousing drinking song about getting "Sideways" at the local juke joint.

Bottom Line: Country routes music

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