‘If I’ve Only One Time Askin’’
Daniel Romano (New West)
4.5 stars out of 5
Daniel Romano is a ridiculously talented dude. In addition to being a flat-out fantastic musician, the young Canadian is an award-nominated graphic artist and an accomplished leatherworker. Seriously, the guy can do just about anything.
Happily Romano is focused on his music these days and latest album “If I’ve Only One Time Askin’,” is a twangy delight. Romano sported a classic Nudie suit on the cover of his 2013 release “Come Cry With Me” and continues in that old school vein on this near-perfect collection of 11 country tunes. It’s a record so good I probably spun it a dozen times during my recent vacation.
Things get off to a fantastic start with “I’m Gonna Teach You” and “Old Fires Die,” and Romano later soars on keepers “All the Way Under the Hill,” “The One That Got Away (Came Back Today),” “Learning to Do Without Me,” “If You Go Your Way (I’ll Go Blind)” and set closer “Let Me Sleep (At the End of a Dream).”
His current tour takes him to Philadelphia over the weekend, but there are no Pittsburgh-area dates on the schedule. Hopefully he makes his way to Western Pennsylvania in the not-too-distant future. You can bet I’ll be there. (Jeffrey Sisk)