Leave the Light On

***1/2

Jeff Bates' smooth, sensuous voice wraps itself naturally around the sultry ballads on his sexy second album—seductive numbers like "No Shame" and "Long, Slow Kisses," a favorite from his debut that leads off Leave the Light On in its re-recorded hit version. But there's life outside the bedroom, as Jeff peppers his romantic entreaties with honky-tonk high times ("Good People") and lessons from the school of hard knocks that come across as sentimental, but not sappy ("Mama Was a Lot Like Jesus," the new single "One Second Chance"). He sings it all like a man who's lived it.

— Sylvia Lynch

Comments

Recent Music Posts More

More News

Other performers include Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin and Jason Isbell.
The singer performed before an intimate crowd as part of the Hear the Music, See the World series.
Keith hosts a party with the song's writers and also performs.