A fabulous, truly surprising debut, this album firmly plants one foot in the past and the other in the Nashville mainstream. The best songs here come from country legends. Merle Haggard
penned the powerhouse title cut "My Sweet Love Ain't Around" came from Hank Williams, and "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" was an old Patsy Montana
tune. The new stuff was pretty danged good, too: "Cross My Heart," written by Verlon Thompson
and Kye Fleming
, was the album's highest-charting single.