Entertainment Weekly (7/25/03, p.72) - "...Wayne sings with pop-star stylings, but his bruised songs throb with stone-cold truths." - Grade: B+
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Jimmy Wayne (vocals, acoustic guitar); Biff Watson, B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason, Kenny Greenberg, Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Aubrey Haynie, Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin, fiddle); Steve Nathan, Tim Akers (piano, keyboards); Glen Worf, Jimmie Sloas (bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Eric darken (percussion); Wes Hightower, Chip Davis (background vocals).
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Jimmy Wayne (acoustic guitar); B. James Lowry, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Kenny Greenberg, Tom Bukovac, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Aubrey Haynie, Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin, fiddle); Tim Akers, Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Chip Davis, Wes Hightower (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Greg Droman; Julian King.
Liner Note Authors: Wayne R. Halper; Deena Shapiro.
Recording information: Aimeeland Studios; Loud Recordings; Ocean Way Studios.
Director: Glenn Sweitzer.
Photographer: Dana Tynan.
Songwriter Harlan Howard made the famous observation that country music is "three chords and the truth." Armed with these items, and a few extra chords, Jimmy Wayne has crafted an impressive debut album of unswerving honesty and straight-ahead country melodicism that occasionally crosses over into pop and blue-eyed soul.
Wayne's husky, sensitive voice wraps itself around gritty lyrics that address life's sorrows as well as its hopes. The single "Stay Gone," about an emotionally cruel lover, makes great use of Wayne's soulful upper register. Drawing on his own troubled childhood, the songs address abusive relationships, revenge, missing children, the bad influence of negative people, and uncaring fathers, but every vignette resolves on a positive note. And there are straight-ahead love songs, too; "Tresspassin' " is a flat-out stomper celebrating the thrill of summer love. JIMMY WAYNE heralds the arrival of a promising Nashville talent.