Alanna Nash
March 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Walt Wilkins, a Texan and frequent writing partner of the late Walter Hyatt, mines the Lone Star mix of character and color on Fire, Honey & Angels, crafting vivid, mostly acoustic songs in which restlessness and longing permeate the melodies like a fog. While a tribute to a female bartender (”Our Lady of the Avenue”) lifts the mood, Wilkins hits his stride with ”Ruby’s 2 Sad Daughters,” a snapshot of a town so bleak, not even hope sticks around. B+

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