The fact that he's played it well proves that he's got more guile than he lets on. He has remained on major labels while selling few records, has somehow finagled Showtime into giving him a series (a pretty good one at that, since canceled), and has wisely stuck to a romantic crooning style with deft attempts at updated pop rockabilly, when he surely has been pushed to try any number of cheesy genre crossovers. His only major misstep so far was last year's Always Got Tonight, a limp outing that had an icky whiff of "new-country" slick instead of his usual summer-sunset vibe. His live show, though, never fails to be fun, dotting the faves with unexpected covers. And at this show, the sunset is guaranteed.
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