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The McKay Brothers: Cold Beer & Hot Tamales [Medina River, 2006]
Whatever we've been hearing since outlaw was a cliché, no way is honky tonk the key to a higher reality. But I'm glad I met the George Jones imitator who gets to the package store on his lawnmower and am touched by the lachrymose lyricism of the guy whose dog replaces his wife on the passenger seat of his pickup. Their roadhouse wisdom is improved by their Texan bilingualism and their concern for ecology. And when Hollin McKay buys his lifemate some breasts, he does ponder a higher reality: "Do they stand up when you lie down?/How do they make you feel?" A-