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Dallas Wayne: I'm Your Biggest Fan
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Dallas Wayne's a hardcore country singer who's been keeping the honky tonk faith for the past few years. His latest album finds him in peak form with a brawny blend of barroom honky tonk, western swing and hard country ballads. While he usually throws in some covers, all the songs on I'm Your Biggest Fan are originals, and many of them rank with the best songs Dallas has ever written.

Among the many highlights, there's a cool swamp-country tune ("Downhill Slide"), a couple honky tonk shuffles ("Crank the Hank," "It's All Over, All Over Town"), some potent hard-country ballads ("Tell it to the Jukebox," "She's Good to Go," "Under the Overpass"), and a fun western swing tune that name-checks one of the great Hee Haw comedians ("Junior Samples") while lyrically echoing the Bob Wills classic "Roly Poly." Perhaps best of all is the chilling title song, which tells the story of an obsessed fan whose devotion to a country singer carries him over the edge.

Possessing a classic deep country voice, Dallas comes up with the strongest vocal performances of his career here. While he sounded a little shaky and tentative on his early albums, he's now singing with greater confidence and authority, and sounding equally at home expressing both light-hearted humor and deep hard-country pathos. He's also added some old-school recitations to his repertoire - his recitation on "I'm Your Biggest Fan" is scarily convincing, and he nails another one during the verses of "Tell it to the Jukebox." Dallas Wayne is on his way to becoming a country music treasure, and I'm Your Biggest Fan is the early contender for honky tonk album of the year. 4/25/2005 - Don Slack