Canadian via nearly four decades of residence, singer/actor Jim Byrnes (born in St. Louis, Missouri) sounds firmly rooted in Nashville, Memphis, and Bakersfield soil. Although best known as a bluesman-he covered Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, and Bobby Bland on 2010's Everywhere West- here he dives into traditional country) and western). After opening with Hank Show's "I'm Movin' On," followed by the Harlan Howard-penned Buck Owens staple "Above and Beyond (the Call of Love)," Byrnes puts his gruff, rich, and soulful vocal stamp on Owen's "Don't Let Her Know," Dolly Parton's "The Bargain Store," and Marty Robins's "Big Iron"; revisits a duet classic ("Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," with Colleen Rennison); and dips into country gospel (the Stanley Brothers' "Harbor of Love," with harmonies by the Sojourners). He closes with Hank Williams's "Honky Tonk Blues," but only after demonstrating his eclectic taste by taking interpretive ownership of Gordon Lightfoot's "Ribbon of Darkness," Nick Lowe's "Sensitive Man," and Tom Waits's "House Where Nobody Lives." Longtime collaborator Steve Dawson oversaw the nuanced production, illuminating a tight and elastic rhythm section; deep organ washes; bright mandolin, acoustic guitar, and fiddle parts; a glorious abundance of his own twangy electric, slide, and pedal steel guitars; and moods that range from a few moments of introspection to the dominant feel of romping roadhouse jubilation.