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Armed with an custom-built “Guit-Steel”—the fusion of a six-string electric guitar and an eight-string lap steel—Junior Brown has emerged as one of the country circuit’s more renowned performers. Though his work has taken a while to register, Brown garnered a 1995 Grammy nomination for Junior High, a five-song EP of recycled material. After a three-year drought of new work, Brown returns with Semi Crazy, an unpretentious collection of songs targeted straight at the blue-collar man. “Gotta Get Up Every Morning,” a lament about a philandering mate, opens the album with a gently flowing slide background and twangy picking. On the title track, an ode to truckers, Brown duets with Red Simpson of “Highway Patrol” fame; while not the disc’s best effort, it does re-create the 1970s golden age of CB storytelling. Elsewhere, Brown continues to demonstrate his distinctive wordplay, singing, “If you give that gal a diamond ring/You’ll get a diamondback,” in “Venom Wearin’ Denim.” Showing his appreciation for genres other than C&W, Brown concludes the album with “Surf Medley,” which consists of minor reworkings of “Pipeline,” “Walk Don’t Run,” and “Secret Agent Man.” Semi Crazy is brief, its 10 tracks clocking in at just over 35 minutes, and some listeners may object to Brown’s anti-P.C. cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Hong Kong Blues,” but this album generally upholds the high standards Brown set on 1993’s Guit With It.—Ben Buja