Country rocker Elliot Randall knows what someone needs to keep going, whether it’s finding affection or learning to deny one’s own past. Randall’s self-released sophomore record, Caffeine & Gasoline, is replete with road-weary and soul-worn narratives ratcheted by rural poetry, levered by electric guitar and what it feels like to be on the run.

The opening title track is typical of Randall’s Americana art: twangy guitar riffs akin to Dwight Yoakam adorn a highway tale of broken hearts and broken strings. A Southwest tint seasons the honky-tonked “Oh Miranda,” about an aging dreamer chained to everyday struggles. The Eagles-like “Good Love” displays Randall’s ability to create a commitment drama with memorable specifics.

Randall’s secret weapon is James Deprato, who provides smoky mandolin, stinging lead guitar and understated banjo to late-night country ballads (stuck in a rut chronicle “Trying Again”) or rumbling roots rock (damaged relationship rumination “Red Velvet Curtains”).