Dahlonega, Ga., is known as the place where America's first major gold rush took place, but now it looks like the city is going to be proud of some platinum as hometown boy Spencer Durham hits the national scene. Durham is a strong songwriter and multi-instrumentalist mostly singing and playing acoustic guitar here, although he breaks out his harmonica for a nice break on “Scared of the Door (Run Around).”

Durham has his own style but his voice could easily be mistaken for Chris Robinson's, and the Black Crowes are an obvious influence on much of this work. Durham has two veterans of the southern session circuit in his band in the form of guitarist Davis Causey and keys player Randall Bramblett, and their presence allows Durham to debut in style.

Causey wraps Durham's vocal in slide guitar and Dobro for the front-porch blues of “Evil Hearted Woman,” while Bramblett's organ playing gives “Three O'clock in the Morning” an Allman Brothers glow. Durham closes the record alone, showing some fancy moves on his acoustic while dealing out the heartbreak of “She Doesn't Know.”

Grade:B+