Jason Haywood A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday

There's nothing revisionist or alt about this hardcore country record. Given Haywood's background as a founding member of Maritime honkytonk heroes the Divorcees, this shouldn't come as a surprise. That group's rowdy approach is largely dialled down in favour of confessional-style ballads here, and Haywood's open and honest vocal style suits that material nicely. East coast stalwart Charles Austin co-produced with Haywood, while backing vocals are provided by Rose Cousins, Laura Merriman and Ruth Minnikin. Ace pedal steel player Dale Murray is used extensively and mostly effectively, though the effect on "Through The Glass" and "It's Time I Told You" is a bit treacly. Haywood dedicates the album to country-rock pioneer Gene Clark, and a version of Clark's "Gypsy Rider" is a highlight. It's the original songs, however, like "Fool Enough," "The Longest Walk" and "Travellin' Man Blues," which stay closest to the Byrds/Burritos template that work best on A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday. (Independent)