Customer Reviews: Compadre's Texas Outlaws
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on August 5, 2003
Compadre's latest release collects a wide range of old and new Texas musicians. Though not as revolutionary as Waylon and Willie's initial Nashville exodus, these singer-songwriters definitely defend the same decidely non-Nashville ground. The performers include Texas roadhouse stalwarts like Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Kevin Fowler, mavericks like Jack Ingram, and legendary Lone Star talents Ray Wylie Hubbard, Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson.
It's a tad ironic that an album full of such talented songwriters would record mostly covers, and even more surprising how well some of the most iconic songs work. Roger Creager's "Guitar Town" shows the song to have a triumphant life apart from Steve Earle, and Max Stalling, backed by superb (and sadly uncredited!) Mexicali guitar, breathes life (and, ultimately, death, of course) into "El Paso."
Owen Temple and Reckless Kelly serve up fine acoustic performances, with Temple's "Lost Highway" wallowing in a wasted life and Reckless Kelly's "Rodeo Man" gleaming with untamed optimism. Billy Joe Shaver and Townes Van Zandt sing live takes of signature compositions, and road warrior Dale Watson adds his stage staple, "In the Jailhouse Now." Jack Ingram has the swagger to take on "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," but the result sounds more like a jam than a finished track. Willie Nelson's collaboration with rapper Lil' Black is an interesting experiement, but aurally out of context here.
Half of these tracks (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16), including several of the disc's best, are previously unreleased, resulting in a set that works both as a Texas sampler, and a thematic compilation.
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on September 7, 2012
I saw this in a store in Gruene, TX - home of Gruene Hall. It seemed way overpriced, so I used my handy Amazon MP3 Android app to check to see if Amazon had it. Sure 'nuff, and it was 50% cheaper! I bought it right then and was listening to it on my phone before I left the store! That's how technology is SUPPOSED to work!

But this is about the CD, right? This is the pinnacle of Texas music - classics. Some covered, some not. Regardless, they're all done WELL. If you like Texas country, you can't miss with this one. In fact, you can't do without it. Buy it NOW!
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on September 17, 2014
Great music !!! need I say more
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on August 24, 2014
Texas country is the best.
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on November 2, 2014
Take away one star for the rap song by Willie. The rest of the songs are top notch.
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on May 1, 2011
This cd is almost perfect. A wonderful mix of true Texas outlaws & Texas outlaw songs. The only disappointment is the last song, "Back on the Road," by Willie w/Lil'Black. Rap, and especially Willie attempting rap, does NOT belong with the other outstanding songs. Would have given 5 stars if not for that clunker.
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