Nick Marino
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Some people love the sound of their local bar act making good, and Mississippi modern rocker Charlie Mars produces just that sound: dense, accessible, rootsy pop. A cynic would call him a less-talented Ryan Adams or a one-man Goo Goo Dolls, but the Wallflowers scored a few years ago with a similar AAA approach. If Mars had a ”One Headlight”-caliber single on his CD, he might be the second coming of Jakob Dylan.

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