By Joshua Wallace

Dallas Moore is back with the follow up to his 2019 album Trying To Be A Blessing.  This new album is titled The Rain and it’s a great collection of tunes that I highly recommend you check out.  This album was born out of the downtime created by the global pandemic that caused a massive cancelation of what is typically a year spent on the road for Dallas Moore.  That down time must have done some good because this is Dallas Moore’s best overall record to date.  There honestly isn’t a bad track on this album, but I’m going to hit some highlights in this review.

The album kicks off with “The Rain” which is a super catchy and toe tappin’ title track.  The band is on point on this track and it’s a killer honky tonk anthem.  Speaking of honky tonks, “Every Night I Burn Another Honky Tonk Down” is a highlight of this record.  Mr. Honky Tonk himself does it again with another anthem made for rooms with dim lights and sawdust on the floors.  Crank this one to eleven and get ready to boogie.

Another favorite is the somewhat pandemic inspired “Locked Down And Loaded”.  We’ve had a lot of songs about being locked down in the past year, but this is a good one that can help you pass the quarantine blues.  “Ride Down By The River” is a slower tune where the band gets to stretch its legs a bit.  This song has a solo you can really lose yourself in and I dig that.  You get solos from pedal steel, guitar and even keys on this one and it just takes you away which is what a good long solo should do.  Finally, “In My Last Days” closes out the album with an acoustic track that shows the more somber side of Dallas.  I love how the band slowly kicks in behind the initial guitar and fiddle to eventually become a full band affair.  It’s a good album closer on a record that is mostly a more rowdy affair.

I highly recommend giving The Rain a listen if you’ve been a fan of Dallas Moore or if you’re just checking him out.  This is his best record to date, so it’s a good spot to jump in.  I also highly recommend checking him out live if he happens to come to a city near you.  Dallas is back on the road already in 2021.  The Rain came out everywhere as of April 9th, 2021.

Favorite Tracks : The Rain, Every Night I Burn Another Honky Tonk Down, Locked Down and Loaded, Ride Down By The River, Blue Jean Jesus, In My Last Days

Dallas Moore – The Rain (2021)

  1. The Rain
  2. Every Night I Burn Another Honky Tonk Down
  3. Better Days
  4. Locked Down And Loaded
  5. Ride Down By The River
  6. Blue Jean Jesus
  7. California Highway
  8. Ain’t No Place In The Sun
  9. On Through The Night
  10. In My Last Days
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