Bryan Cole has a velvet smooth voice best paired with a simple lyric that burns on the way down, much like a shot of good whiskey. If Only, It All Comes Back To Me, and You Know Why all have that familiar warmth. Cole’s CD Wide Open Road also has several appealing honky-tonk tunes (Mile a Minute, Mobile Home, and Red Beans and Rice) that inspire me to lay down my money to see him live. Savin’ It Up made me think of Hank Ketchum and Talkin’ Dirty had Jason Aldean flashing across my mind, but Bryan Cole really makes every song his own with his voice which sounds like…well, no one but Bryan Cole. The liner notes inside the CD close with the words “The Beginning”. Lift your glass for your first taste of Bryan Cole. Here’s to the beginning. Cheers!