Southern California’s Randy Weeks stretches his narrative powers on the beguiling release from Austin, Texas’ Certifiable Records entitled Going My Way.
No, this isn’t the Bing Crosby film by the same name, and Weeks drives home the ambiance on the opening track, "I Couldn’t Make It." Austin has surely influenced Weeks, and the song shakes along loosely, attaching directly to his Lou Reed- type delivery. "Fine Way to Treat Me" has deep grooving country twang and swing ala the Jayhawks, and the title composition is pure pop glory, full of character studies and bright, enticing harmonies.
Produced by Will Sexton, Going My Way benefits from guest appearances from Eliza Gilkyson, Cindy Cashdollar and Ruby Jane Smith. But, Weeks’ backing unit of Mike Thompson on piano, Sexton on bass, Tony Gilkyson on guitar and Rick Richards on drums is what truly shines throughout the album, especially on the smoothly flowing centerpiece song trio of "That’s What I’d Do," "A Lot to Talk About" and "Summer of Love."
With Going My Way, Randy Weeks joins the rarified ranks of music’s best tunesmiths from both Southern California and Austin, Texas. It’s a winner.
Going My Way is out now on Certifiable Records.