ready for country consumption

Midsouth (Warner Alliance)

By Robert Gruber

Chock-full of radio-friendly sing-a-long songs, Midsouth makes the most of combining a mild Christian message with pop country and roots rock. Their new, self-titled album is a pleasant alternative to the sad, self-destructive themes of today's country pop music. Nobody does any drinkin', nobody's cheatin' on anybody. Instead, we have faith, family and encouragement in songs like "Fall Reaching," "Love Still Does" and "Puttin' the Ax (To the Root of My Troubles)." Produced by Larry Stewart, Midsouth will fit fans of new country as snug as a favorite pair of Levis.