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New Stuff: Texas

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by 30daysout

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This weekend, Austin opens its doors to tens of thousands of people who will attend the big three-day Austin City Limits Festival.  Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Levon Helm and many others will play … but we’re not gonna go.  Tickets are a little pricey, and it’s been sold out for months anyway.  So we’re just gonna sit back and enjoy some new music from around the Lone Star state.  You can join us: pull up a chair, and it’s free.

The best songwriter in Texas, hands down, is Guy Clark.  His new album is Sometimes The Song Writes You, and all I can add to that is “Amen, brother.”  If you ever wanted to know (or not), Guy likes to write his songs on graph paper – you know, the kind with little blue squares.  “It’s just the tactile part of it, I guess,” he says.  “I write in longhand, on graph paper. It kind of keeps you in a straight line.”

MP3: “Sometimes The Song Writes You” by Guy Clark

The second-best songwriter in Texas – and he’ll readily agree with that – is Robert Earl Keen.  His newest is called The Rose Hotel, and it has lots of great playin’, nice singin’ and guest appearances by Greg Brown and Billy Bob Thornton.  Robert’s songs are funny and sometimes very insightful but they’re always keen.  Sorry.

MP3: “The Rose Hotel” by Robert Earl Keen

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