JOSH HOGE; "Everything She Was" (BlackLedge) ***

The multidimensional aspects of Josh Hoge's debut CD, "Everything She Was," is the main draw. The 27-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., has found his place in between the John Mayer and Howie Day categories, but he gives his sound a bit more tenor and rhythm & blues.

The opening track and lead-off single "360" could easily be heard on a lazy summer evening atop a breezy urban rooftop. The easy drift of the song makes way for the thoughtful "Beautiful Distraction" and restless harmonies of "Stay Away."

Actress/singer Caitlyn Crosby joins Hoge in the late-night lullaby swing of "Space," and Marc Broussard's swampy blues highlights "Take It or Leave It."

The emptiness of "Shadow" and the mosey groove of "Keeps Getting Better" lead up to the anthemic "Addicted." But "Leave" and "Summer Symphony" ease things with soothing harmonies.

"Everything She Was," which was released this week, ends with the acoustic-laden and heartfelt "Butch Cassidy," but once the song ends, it's tempting to hit the replay button, and it's most satisfying when you do.


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