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Sons of Fathers

Sons of Fathers (Blanco River)

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., Nov. 25, 2011

Texas Platters

Sons of Fathers

(Blanco River)

File under Most Ridiculous Cease and Desist Ever. This local roots-rock act, fronted by David Beck and Paul Cauthen, used to be called Beck & Cauthen until Beck ("Loser") insisted the band change its name. The duo changed its name to Sons of Fathers in September, which delayed the release of this solid debut a month, but rest assured: It's worth the wait, ridiculousness notwithstanding. Pure Texicana with Lloyd Maines' seal of approval (he contributes pedal steel and Dobro), standouts include "Flatland," matching laconic harmonies with a driving honky-tonk rhythm, and the similarly propulsive, finger-picked title track. The bluesy "Ruthless" offers a heartwarming expression of masculine regret. This is country music as Texan as chicken-fried steak. (CD release: Saturday, Nov. 26, the Scoot Inn)

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