Small Town Family Dream
Label: Pretty Damn Tough Records
With songs such as "Dallas Love," "My Texas" and "Flatland Farmer," it's pretty obvious that that titular "small town" lies somewhere in Texas. Elsewhere, "I'll Sing About Mine" rages against the Nashville machine, as Abbott sings, "The radio is full of rich folks singing 'bout places they've never seen." And while lyrics like these may suggest that Abbott has a chip on his shoulder, he still comes across as sincere and earnest rather than bitter. Other highlights include "Idalou," the rockin' "Hotty Toddy" and "Touch."