Sheffield's Richard Hawley had a long, productive career as a guitar player for British bands the Longpigs and Pulp before he released his first album, "Late Night Final," in 2002. But I'm not sure anyone other than his friends and family expected he'd produce solo work of such consistent strength. With a voice like a shy Sinatra and a moody guitar style, Hawley makes music that glows with moonlit, lovelorn beauty. Taken from a special acoustic session, "I'm on Nights" should whet your appetite for Hawley's new album, "Lady's Bridge," due out later this summer.
-- David Marchese