Review: Doug Stone - Live At Billy Bob's Texas

There's a good reason Doug Stone is a country music star: This man has a golden country voice that is unmistakably his own. With his 18-song, new album, "Live At Billy Bob's Texas," Doug Stone once again proves that he is a force to be reckoned with in country music. In short, Doug Stone's voice in 2009 is just as potent as it was when he first became a star.

It is a pleasure and honor to revisit major Doug Stone country hits that dominated the country charts for so long. On "I Thought It Was You," Doug Stone puts a new spin on the classic song with subtle changes in his vocal phrasing. His deep, rich voice resonates with a passion that makes the song seem fresh and new.

"Little Houses" is also given a small, but noticeable makeover that allows the lyrics to be heard in a new light. But the major success of "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" is the classic "Too Busy Being In Love." Doug Stone wisely chose to keep the winning track almost exactly the same, and the music and vocals are successful in every way.

Other hits on the album include "Faith In Me Faith In You," "I Never Knew Love," "Why Didn't I Think Of That," "More Love," the terrific  "I'd Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)," "Make Up In Love," "A Jukebox With A Country Song" and, of course, the massively popular "In A Different Light." The album also includes a bonus studio track, the powerful "Don't Tell Mama."

While the music of some country music artists of the 1980s and 1990s doesn't hold up to the standards expected today, Doug Stone once again shows his true range of talent and musicianship. This album first grabs listeners with its familiarity but continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats with a freshness and quality virtually unmatched by popular artists of the day. Doug Stone's new album "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" is not to be missed.