Full disclosure: I know Kevin Butterfield, the lead singer of St. Louisâ€™ The Linemen. I donâ€™t know him well, but I did once make him pancakes. And before you go getting ideas about this happily married man, Iâ€™ve made strictly platonic pancakes for plenty of people. You could even say itâ€™s a specialty of mine. Kevin seemed to like them, at least. Anyhow, The Linemen are good old-fashioned country (think Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, George Jones) in both sound and spirit: Butterfieldâ€™s crooning tenor favors the kind of heartbreak thatâ€™ll get you down without putting you out and Scott Swartzâ€™s pedal steel seems to be singing the melodies rather than twanging them. Itâ€™s a toe-tapping affair just right for road trips through the heartland. And if that ainâ€™t your cup of tea, you might consider switching to whiskey.