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Moot Davis: Moot Davis
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New Jersey isn't exactly known to be a country music haven, but this Jersey honky tonker has one of this year's most refreshing debuts. The sound is somewhat similar to Wayne Hancock -- steeped in late '40s-early '50s honky tonk, but with less western swing than Wayne and more barroom Ray Price (especially on the great shuffle tune "Halls of Smoke & Wine"). Moot's voice has a strong rural twang, and quavers and breaks in ways reminiscent of Hank Williams. The raw, stripped-down production is courtesy of Pete Anderson (best-known as Dwight Yoakam's long-time guitarist and producer). 4/8/2004 - Don Slack


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