BY MICHAEL TOLAND
Nashvillian Moot Davis likes his country to rock. Not in that REO Speedwagon-with-a-twang way that today’s cowboy-hatted pop stars and their executive handlers foist on the public, mind you. The singer, songwriter and guitarist finds his inspiration in the old school: Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Dave Edmunds, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard. They’re the same gritty ingredients in the stews cooked by fellow travelers like Dwight Yoakam, Monte Warden and the Derailers. Thus Davis scans as comfortable with heartfelt balladry (“Used to Call It Love,” “The Reason”), bluesy menace (“Made For Blood”) and frisky bootscooters (“Love Hangover”) as with trenchant social commentary (“Food Stamps”), burning sci-fi rock (“25 Lights”) and readymade party tunes (“Ragman’s Roll,” the title track). Davis doesn’t bother innovating with his blend of Ameripolitan flavors – he’s just trying to make a really tasty dish, and in that he succeeds perfectly.
DOWNLOAD: “Goin’ in Hot,” “The Reason,” “Ragman’s Roll”