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“And with the life I’ve lived, there’s no short­age of songs. They’ll run out of type­writer rib­bon be­fore I run out of songs.” Texan James “Slim” Hand is a throw­back to a dif­fer­ent time, both in per­son and sound. While Nashville was busy packaging coun­try’s sim­ple emo­tions into show­biz cliche, Hand con­tin­ued un­der the radar ply­ing his Texas own brand of honky-tonk a la Hank Thomp­son and Lefty Frizzell. He was well into his 50s be­fore he got a na­tion­wide release in 2007, thanks to joint pro­duc­ers Ray Ben­son, of west­ern swing combo Asleep at the Wheel, and leg­endary fig­ure Lloyd Maines. This is Hand’s sec­ond col­lec­tion, an­other square-jawed, time-warped set of beers and bit­ter con­fes­sions, such as Don’t De­pend on Me, The Pain of Loving You and Just a Heart, with the hu­mour of The Para­keet and the punch of Don’t Want Me Too and Ain’t a Goin’ serv­ing to soften the grief. www. jamesslim­hand.com JOE BREEN

Shadow on the Ground Rounder

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