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Depending on the Distance, by Jimmy LaFave

The acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave sticks out from the country crowd thanks to his frayed tenor and penchant for taking chances. He strips the hair gel away from the John Waite pop hit “Missing You,” rubbing it in some honky-tonk dirt. “Red River Shore” succeeds as a ten-minute epic of lost love, grafting a Big Sky sound onto a stark folk song structure bereft of a chorus.

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