Like the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Moot Davis is an old school singer, a man who makes his music from both a selective and cerebral point of view. Consequently, the songs included on this, his latest opus, find him emoting in a way that brings to mind the great country crooners so prevalent back in the day — iconic artists like Hank Sr., Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Charlie Pride, Porter Waggoner et. al. Aside from his singing, Davis is also a terrific tunesmith, a fact evident on every one of these track without exception. While most of the songs are the kind of lovelorn ballads that demand an ample infusion of tears in a beer, there are enough uptempo tunes — “Midnight Train,” “Love Hangover,” “Ragman’s Roll,” “Lights” and the like — to ensure that Davis evades any lingering effects of moodiness and melancholia. Credit producer Kenny Vaughan for imbuing the ambiance and guitarist Bill Corvino for adding exhilaration. This is a stunning set from beginning to end.