I Do Not Like Matt Dentler's Review

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 13, 2004

Dear Editor,
   [In reference to "Texas Platters," Music, Aug. 6, "What Would Foscoe Do?"] What would he do? He'd write a letter to the editor. I came to Texas five years ago from North Carolina because of the Kerrville Folk Festival.
   I do not come from (and I am not in) the tradition of Cory Morrow or anybody – I refuse to be lumped into the genre of Texas country. The Distractions and I play funky blues and jazz, rock & roll, songs with words that even people outside of Texas can relate to. I do not sing about Texas towns, Texas beer, or Texas trucks (not that there's anything wrong with that). I do not sing songs about being raised in Texas. I am proud to live in the free music capital of the world.
   For Willie's sake? Foscoe has been my nickname for nine years – it comes from a band I played in. When the band broke up I kept the name. My real name is Daniel Richard Harrington (that's got about as much ring as Robert Zimmerman).
   I don't care what you call me. You have the wrong guy.
   In the five years I've been in Texas, I have never played a single frat party. I've never made over 100 bucks on Sixth Street, and unless it's the west side (Momos, etc.) I don't play there at all. If I'm selling out clubs, where is my money?
   I dig Bruce Robison, but I wouldn't try and make an album like his. I would shoot more for a Beck, Wilco, Beatles vibe.
   I will never be the next great Texas country hope. I'm just a guy from San Marcos who has some good songs and a kickass band from Austin. What would Matt Dentler do? Maybe he would do some homework. www.foscoejones.net.
Thanks again,
Foscoe Jones
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