In this week's episode, we're featuring a 1977 album from a man who doesn't get a lot of love on classic country radio in 2018: Tommy Overstreet. With his band The Nashville Express, the album is called There'll Never Be Another First Time and it's a marked departure from the majority of Overstreet's body of work.
Firstly, the title is referring to the first time that Tommy Overstreet was able to record an album with his road band, rather than with traditional studio musicians. Secondly, with his road band behind him, Overstreet pumps out a solid traditional country sound that isn't exactly in line with a lot of his career.
Known as somewhat of a country-pop stylist, Overstreet was a cousin to Gene Austin, one of the original crooners, and T.O. himself recorded pop and rock music before switching to country in his native Texas. While Overstreet's regular output is enjoyable enough for this reviewer, with ten of the eleven tracks written by Tommy Overstreet himself and subject matter ranging from time on the road through to the toll that touring has on marriage, There'll Never Be Another First Time is a very enjoyable piece of 70s traditional country.