Daryle Singletary, Now and Again

Kurt Wolff

By Kurt Wolff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Country that’s both Nashville-friendly and soulful.

If there were more Daryle Singletary's on the airwaves these days, country radio would be a lot more palatable. His music has shades of a suburban, high-production Music City sheen, but at the same time the guy's got an easy-to-like twang and his arrangements are rooted in old-school honky tonk. His music shares neo-trad sensibility with the likes of Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson (or, if you want to step back a few decades, John Conlee and Gene Watson), but whether he's rocking down the road ("Too Much Fun") or working a tender ballad, this collection (a best-of CD reprising some of his '90s hits) shows that country can be Nashville-friendly and still have soul.