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Reviewed by Margaret Moser, July 22, 2011, Music

BettySoo & Doug Cox

Lie to Me (Borderline Talent)

Austin-based singer-songwriter BettySoo and British Columbian Dobro master Doug Cox celebrated a musical partnership begun in Alaska by recording not one single song they'd written together. Instead, Lie to Me collects a variety of works by other composers, eclectic songs "in danger of disappearing if they don't keep being sung," as Cox opines. 'Nuff said, for here's "Louis Riel," Doug Sahm's folk tale of a Canadian rebel leader, stacked with Blaze Foley's "Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries" and Betty Elders' "Light in Your Window." Cox and BettySoo make for a fine duo – he has roots working with Sahm and the Texas Tornados – yet it's the quality of such charmers as Butch Hancock's "Boxcars," Loudon Wainwright III's "Be Careful, There's a Baby in the House," and Guy Clark's "Dublin Blues" that keep the folk ethic strong. (Former Chronicle blogger BettySoo celebrates her birthday at the Saxon Pub, Saturday, July 23.)


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