The title of his new album, Who the Hell is John Eddie?, is not as falsely humble as it sounds. Sure, after being hailed as "the next Bruce Springsteen" in the late-'80s and toiling in rock clubs for pocket change ever since, John Eddie has earned the you-should-know-me-by-now sentiment. But it's actually a joke pulled from his comical country rock tune, "Play Some Skynyrd," a very real and personal story of playing clubs where all Honest-Job Joes want is a little Southern comfort song. Eddie's very up-front about the fact that life promised him a pair of aces then dealt out a couple of deuces. He signed to Columbia in 1986, had a minor hit with "Jungle Boy," released a second album that flopped in 1990, and then was buried by industry politics and lawyers until 2003. Finally, he's landed a distribution deal with a major label subsidiary that seems to actually care about good music: Lost Highway (Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams). Fans of The Boss and Skynyrd should go to the show. Surprise him and request some John Eddie.