Garrett singles out love as a Four Letter Word on his self-released debut, sketching the anxious, sometimes heart-numbing search across 10 tracks as crisp and finely rendered as anything on a major. Balancing country, rock and pop (in that order), Garrett re-imagines Nashville country as something listenable: Theres a coat of radio-ready veneer, but not so deep that it smothers the song. His cool tenor skates around sentimentality as he surveys those Looking for Love who wear their heart on their sleeve, and try not to come undone. He offers upbeat, catchy tunes with an undeniable twang and some punch as wellparticularly the winning opener, Someone to Love, which splits the difference between Keith Urban and Rhett Miller. The Livingston, Tenn., native is a third-generation musician and, judging from the assurance of this release, was well schooled by his legacy. Heres hoping someone gives him a proper shot.
Sat., June 27, 7 p.m., 2009