I've been following Pistol River's distinctive music since their fi rst CD release, Memory Like Mine, in 2001 then their award winning three CD project, The Western Ballad Opera, followed up by the Western Album of the Year, Prairie Winds in 2004. Their fresh approach to production and musical styling catches the listener's ear and imagination from the fi rst note. These guys never fail to seamlessly cross musical borders at will. Each of the Pistol River players is well known throughout the Nashville music scene for their individual musical talents and accomplishments. When they come together and devote their collective gifts to the originality of Bizzack's and Adcock's unhurriedly crafted songwriting there's always plenty of panache, along with lots of toe tapping, fun and emotion soaked music. Pistol River always delivers a perfect span of country, powerful ballads, blues and rock. The strength and timbre of Ray Barnette's smooth vocals steadily crown the melodies throughout their latest CD, A Lesser Heaven, further cementing the tight Pistol River sound which makes them instantly recognizable. Barnette is indeed a master vocal stylist underscoring each song with believability. Julie Burton, with a voice like a soft rain, crams emotional conviction on two featured tracks as she delivers a sassy, high energy performance along with one of the most compellingly sensual songs in this project. Lively and classically eloquent, Pistol River again creates and delivers a range of unforgettable melodies and deft lyrics. They've got a niche alright: good solid music! Skylar Sheldon Music Road Magazine Houston.