An old time toe tapping southern gospel feel, with some mighty fine guitar work, appropriately accompanies “Deliver Me” about being laid down to rest and reaching the other side while “One Foot In the Grave” and “Honky Tonk Life” take the record to a slower, emotional pace. The latter reflects on remaining in a relationship while still living the honky tonk life while the former talks about living, and embracing, life before your time comes.
The album ends on romantic notes with both “Your Man” about balancing relationships and personal shortcomings (which is felt not only lyrically, but sonically as well) and “Barton Springs” about the journey he has taken with his wife. “It’s been a rough and rocky travelin’/A little hard on us/But we are built on love and trust…..When it comes to you and me there ain’t nothin' I would change/I loved you from the moment/That we met at Barton Springs.”
Combining elements of Americana, Country, Rock, Bluegrass and more, Nelson ends up with a very palatable stew. If you are new to his music, start here….you’ll find yourself going back for more.