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Doesn't matter if you like Pat Green or not, you have to admit he seems like a decent guy. With lyrics like, "Is this the life I dreamed, or is it just the way I turned out?" he's obviously got a fair amount of humility. The other thing you can't argue with is Green's popularity with Texans. For a throng of thousands, Green plowed through faves like "Take Me Out to the Dancehall," "Who's to Say," "3 Days" (dedicated to his pregnant wife), and "All the Good Things Fade Away." But here's a question: Does the presence of a steel guitar, fiddle, and occasional mandolin make a country band? If the answer's yes, then Green is country. And yet, his brand of Americana is barely twangy enough to be called country (the steel player might not have even been playing, for all anyone could tell) and doesn't rock hard enough to be called rock. It's not bad, it's not great, it's somewhere in between, and it's that exact middle-of-the-road quality that's made him such a phenomenal success. Nice guy and all, this stuff has all the passion of a truck (or beer) commercial. Once again, doesn't matter; you can convince all those Pat Green fans of that. -- Jerry Renshaw

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