Warrenton, Virginia's Andy Budd may be an artist of some obscurity but he shouldn't be. Andy is firing on all cylinders on his third studio album, Ragtop Monterey. Great songs and great musicianship abound on this CD. There are no blistering or moaning solos, and this let's the authenticity of the lyrics shine through. Andy may not be a professionally trained vocalist but his vocals fit perfectly with the folk driven style of Americana that he writes. Budd exhibits a maturity and a depth of style far beyond most of what you hear in the Alt. Country/Americana genre today. Listeners will also like Andy's sense of playfulness. While he is a serious songwriter, he doesn't take himself too seriously. Veteran Producer Chip Hardy (Waylon Jennings, Reba McIntyre, George Strait) gives us a real taste of that Nashville Sound, the likes of which hasn't come off of Music Row in decades. Chip's experience really shines through in the mix and thoughtful arrangements. Ragtop Monterey was recorded at Nashville's Studio 515 where Chip put together a wonderful assemblage of some of Nashville's best studio and touring players backing Andy, including Smith Curry on dobro, banjo, mandolin,and steel. Coleman Murphy is spectacular on electric guitar. Andy Most and Mike Waldren provide the exceptional acoustic guitar work. Mike Kelly provides subtle harmonies and legendary Hank Singer provides a haunting fiddle. From the opening burst of bluegrass style guitar picking and the raspy vocals on the new-grass "Old Freight" and throughout this disc, Andy Budd has crafted an incredible blueprint for a near-flawless roots record. Standout tracks include the lively title track "Ragtop Monterey", the mournful 'Godspeed", the nostalgic & funny "If You Did That Today" ' and the hysterical (although not PC) "He's Still Missing Her (but his aim is getting better)" This is a CD that keeps growing on you with each listen. Fans of Hayes Carl, Early Jimmy Buffett, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Todd Snider would probably enjoy this CD. Andy Budd's "Ragtop Monterey" is a keeper for sure.