Don’t be deceived by the title track opener, a dusty recession road trip blues.
Because this is roots rocker Steve Earle’s most upfront and radio-friendly set since 2004’s The Revolution Starts Now.
Back with his band, Calico Road is a Stones-style stomper, That All You Got? a country-rock romp with songbird wife Allison Moorer.
And 21st Century Blues could be an out-take from the Copperhead Road sessions.
Best are mandolin-driven Down The Road Pt II and the rolling piano and startling guitar of Pocket Full Of Rain.
Catch them live at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on May 20.