Tryin' Like The Devil - 1976 - 2016
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40th anniversary reissue of Talley's masterful 1976 album 'Tryin' Like The Devil.' Recorded at Jack Clement Studio B in Nashville the album features a great supporting cast including Charlie McCoy - harmonica, Johnny Gimble - fiddle & mandolin, Josh Graves - Dobro and many others.
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Populism is on the upswing, and Talley’s songs take new, revived meaning. Songs like “Forty Hours” and “Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again?” will always remain relevant. Troubles and tension are everywhere. Some like “Got No Bread” don’t come across as particularly somber, extreme or revolutionary now. Witten by a working man just “Tryin’ Like The Devil” to be free, Talley’s music is also nostalgic. As Talley says in his liner notes, “Songs tell the stories of our lives … Songs come from deep in our hearts, deep in our thoughts, dreams, hopes, and longings.” Talley’s music, originally issued decades ago, is worth rediscovery. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)