Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Fri., Jan. 23, 2009
Randy WeeksGoing My Way (Certifiable)
The Los Angeles Times just picked Randy Weeks as one of the artists to watch in 2009, and Going My Way should guarantee all eyes and ears tuned in his direction now that he's settled in Austin. A former member of the Lonesome Strangers, Weeks first gained attention when Lucinda Williams recorded his song "Can't Let Go" on her breakthrough, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. More than a decade later, he's still producing snappy compositions that crackle and pop with life ("Summer of Love," "I Think You Think"). The Will Sexton-produced My Way travels the Americana road with well-worn style and soft leather panache ("Black Coffee and Lifesavers," "That's What I'd Do"), Weeks' distinctive voice sometimes reminiscent of a young Willie Nelson. Since he's made an auspicious local debut, here's a reckless wager that Randy Weeks and Texas will be a match made in Lone Star heaven.