Review of Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise (Song Dog)

Jimmy RankinGiven his tenure in the music business, Jimmy Rankin should have carte blanche when it comes to making new music. Accordingly however, Rankin doesn’t take radical left turns on Back Road Paradise, his sixth solo record. Undoubtedly one of his most mainstream country sounding records, the album is a refreshing take on modern country. Rankin isn’t as much about the bells and whistles and posturing as he is about delivering truly memorable songs, of which there are many: The big, sing-along-worthy chorus of I’ve Got A Feeling is a highlight as is Never Gonna Leave and the contemplative Paris Or Rome.