Austin Jenckes, "Ride Away"
Like a reincarnated Bob Seger track from the Eighties, "Ride Away" looks to heartland rock & roll for its cues. It's big, booming and a bit wild-sounding – a soundtrack for pool halls, roadhouses and open highways. Jenckes plays the part of a small-town dreamer who's itching to head somewhere else, preferably with the local heartbreaker in the passenger seat. The storyline may be familiar, but Jenckes' vocal chops seal this deal, breathing new life into old traditions. When he climbs into his upper register during each chorus, the effect is Stapleton-sized. R.C.