Bullets in the Gun
Label: Show Dog, LLC
Coasting but still crafty, Toby gives these songs a lively bounce, with Motown-ish skiffle for spurned Cubs fans, fast-talking rhymes for pill-popping truckers, swamp-pop for trailer-parkers, and barrelhouse ragtime for an ex named Clementine. He gets his big ol' heart broken a lot, too, and dishes some Garth-style melodrama about making out in senior year. But the bookends stand out: At the start, a dusky yarn about outrunning the Federales with a gun-toting stripper; at the end, a Billy Ocean-indebted guffaw that absurdly insists "get out of your clothes or get out of my car."