Overnight Success by Zane Williams

It probably goes without saying, but the music business is tough. It’s a crowded space with a ton of talented people, many of whom never attain the kind of fame Luke Bryan currently enjoys.

Texas-based singer/songwriter Zane Williams certainly knows a thing or two about that, having spent years on the road and trying to survive the Nashville grind. Thus the title track of Zane’s new album, Overnight Success, is a cheekily accurate—and autobiographical—look at the process. After a couple decades of preparation and practice, you get an opportunity to reach a big audience and some smarmy music critic (ahem) calls you an “overnight success.”

Elsewhere, Zane—who wrote all the songs on the album—takes an interesting look at cheating with the raucous honky-tonker “Damned.” His wife is cold and indifferent and some pretty young thing is sending him signals. He knows it’s wrong, but he can’t help thinking it might be worth it.

It’s a sharp eye for lyrical flourish that also works well on slower numbers like the delicate, heartbroken “On a Good Day.”

On the downside, tracks like “Simple Things” and “Hands of a Workin’ Man” lean too heavily on some overused country tropes without adding much.

But Zane finishes strong with “When I Was Away,” a poignant look at a sometimes-forgotten aspect of a musician’s life: the kids who grow up while their parent is out building a dream.

Sometimes the business is tough, other times it’s just plain cruel.

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