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Knut Bell: Wicked, Ornry, Mean and Nasty
Buy! - (Marling Spike)
The big man from Skagit County has the kind of deep, burly voice that’s perfect for truck-driving songs and Johnny Cash covers (both of which he might do in abundance when playing live). Most of the songs here are Knut originals with some notable Cash, Waylon and Haggard influences. Recorded in Austin a couple years back with some first-rate Austin pickers, it’s now finally being released, and it’s by far his best set yet of straight-up blue-collar country with the sound ranging from rockabilly and western swing to outlaw country-rock and barroom honky tonk. 7/22/2008 - Don Yates