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Wade White

Hangin' Around – 2000 (Plain Label)

Reviewed by Tom Geddie

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Wade White's fourth album is a straightforward, sincere album of what is now considered traditional country music in the George Strait mode. The music is as smooth as White's white-hat-pressed-jeans-big-belt-buckle baritone. The 10 songs - 4 written or co-written by White - are solid, wandering the emotional landscape from Nashville to Texas.

White sings of love and loss and more love. His influences are clear: crooners Strait, Johnny Bush, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard and, less clearly, Waylon Jennings. He also includes a new version of his co-write "One From an Orphan's Home," which led off his last album, 1997's "Day By Day" and reaches across the border of the knee-jerk kind of sentimentality that can make you cry or laugh, depending on what kind of day you're having when you hear it.

The playing - fiddle, drums, bass, keyboards, steel and lead guitars - is solid although none of the musicians are identified. Hold somebody close and slow-dance to this album. (Plain Label, 15111 Preston Road, Suite 107-229, Dallas TX 75248)