With an ear for a great melody and the storyteller's insight for spinning a compelling yarn, Austin-based Steve Pack puts both and more, on display with his fine debut CD, "Flesh & Bone." Like fellow Texas troubadours Steve Earle or Robert Earl Keen, Pack's work is based in country-rock but, truly, his songs transcend such narrow definition. Tunes like "Baby Hold On" and the rocking title track, "Flesh & Bone," feature catchy, radio-ready choruses that would be at home on multiple radio formats; "Bowman Ridge" a song about Pack's Texas roots, employs delicate cello interludes that defy simple categorization while the opening number, "Like a Dylan," is reminiscent of master songwriter Tom Petty's mid-'80s output, with its balanced, guitar-led fire. Pack's sure sense of purpose is elsewhere aided by a keen attention to detail, reflected in his band's sparkling accompaniment and the evocative arrangements that render the album both contemporary and timeless in scope. "Flesh & Bone" ably describes the organic and deep-rooted spirit of Steve Pack's debut CD, but it's the Texas blood in this terrific CD that will make its mark with listeners.
-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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