Review: Tom Cheatham - Restless Soul

Tom Cheatham's debut album "Restless Soul" is the biggest surprise of the year so far. Although the country and Americana artist's project was released in December 2008, we suspect that 2009 will be the year country music fans discover Tom Cheatham.
Fans of Wade Bowen, Chris Knight or Adam Carroll will find an instant bond with Tom Cheatham, whose lyrics reach deep into his soul and performance is smooth and remarkably polished for an indie debut.

The most radio friendly song is either the title track "Restless Soul" or "Runnin' Back To Texas" which should be released to Texas radio as soon as possible. But the best track on the album is the second to last song titled "Small Town Girl," This song has definite hit potential with its potent story and memorable melody. Plus, Cheatham's performance on "Small Town Girl" is a near-perfect country vocal.

Tom Cheatham's distinctive voice should be a benefit as radio listeners will learn to easily identify his slightly gravelly, country-tinged voice combined with lyrics that mix a little Steve Earle with Reckless Kelly.

As an artist, Tom Cheatham has succeeded in crafting a remarkably reflective and personal album that should be warmly welcomed by country and Americana radio. Remember the name Tom Cheatham, it may be around for a good long while.

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