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Billy Currington

Doin' Somethin' Right – 2005 (Mercury)

Reviewed by David McPherson

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On his sophomore release, this country boy stays true to his roots. As Billy Currington sings on opening cut, "I Wanna Be a Hillbilly": "Subdivisions are silly/I wanna be a hillbilly."

The Rincon, Ga. native continues to move further and further away fromthe deep south of his youth; that said, he holds on to his down-home heritage through his music. Currington is now firmly entrenched in the mainstream Nashville scene.

And, for this soulful singer, that's not a bad thing. This record mixes tender ballads (the number one single "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right," "That Changes Everything") with high-octane country stomps that are sure to knock the hinges off the barn door ("Whole Lot More"). Currington even pays homage to Kenny Rogers with a slowed-down version of the country classic "Lucille." One of the other highlights is "She's Got a Way With Me" - a song Currington co-wrote with Michael McDonald. While these days the country star is turning just as many heads on the newsstands as a sex symbol than as country crooner (he was recently named one of People Magazine's "sexiest men alive."), this shows that his music is still where this hillbilly shines.