River Country 

SVC Records
Four stars

The title track (and single) set out the goals for the local country three-piece: to bring their well-executed country rock to, ahem, the country. How well they’ll meet that goal of stardom is more up to opportunity than talent — a slick sound (is that pitch control I hear?) and ordinary-guy, nasal harmonies would fit in quite well on mainstream country radio. But they’ve certainly succeeded on their own terms, with some fine storytelling (the concise and well-phrased “Those Nights” is a standout), tasteful piano, slide guitar and fiddle and versatility enough to handle clearly demarcated rockers and ballads.

Sounds like: Marshall Tucker Band, Rascal Flatts

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