This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/03
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Personal discovery, plus relationships with the temporal and spiritual, are the dominate themes in Alabaman Dave Potts' new release.
The sweet-singing Potts, unabashedly sings of ups-and-downs with God, his wife, his father and others.
On a number of his songs, he also covers the territory, the American South, plumbed so well by Kate Campbell and on Pierce Pettis' latest CD "State of Grace."
The title cut, "One Night In The South," emphasizes Potts stumbling across his geographical 'fit' in life. After college, as a Westerner, he finds himself heading down I-85 and continuing on from Atlanta to east Alabama:
"...it might be the way the stars shineIn "Railroad Town," the merits of small town life are debated as Potts concludes:
or the slow pace of life
or the taste of sweet tea in my mouth
but I never knew where I belonged
'till one night in the South..."
"...When that whistle blows in the distanceThree cuts are non-secular focused: "When I See Your Face," "Deep Enough," and "Catching Up."
as the sun is going down
I sit on my front porch and I think to myself
I'm either missing something, or I have it all figured out..."
In "Black Coffee," Potts sings of a man's elation that a woman he has long admired has finally turned to him for comfort now that her partner has departed. The problem is that she never gets over her lost love:
"...So, it almost ended up the way I'd dreamt itThis is a release that doesn't have the individual cut or two that bowls over a listener. But Potts' pleasing songs have a cumulative effect. Maybe that's just like the South.
She is here beside me and we'll never be apart
But even as she's holding me, she's fighting with a memory
I never thought that guy would break my heart..."
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