This Crazy Western Movie
'Not recommended for types who never 'accidentally' got drunk, this album combines Pat Dawson's clever, bleary eyed lyrics with some rough-and-tumble melodies, a hook or two, some country, some blues, and a few genuine occasions to shout 'yee-haw!' Makes me wonder how Tom Waits might sound if he, like Dawson, had the good fortune to grow up a Montanan.' -- Tim Cahill Contributing editor for Rolling Stone and author of 'Lost in My Own Backyard,' 'Hold the Enlightenment' and 'Jaguars Ripped My Flesh.' This is highway adventure, landscape absorption and restless wandering mixed with moments of unblinking realism and reflection. Some of these songs even bring back the 'Western' into that long-neglected genre known as Country-Western before it was dragged Uptown and neutered by crossover-crazed Nashville producers and accountants. Pat Dawson's intention was to get these songs out before he died, and felt that the song is more important than the singer. Roll through the Nevada night. Ever been so far away from hope that you felt like you might as well be 'Drivin' to the Moon?' Ever been laid low by automotive failures and bad weather and sought refuge in Lousiana's late, great Heartbreak Motel with a bottle of Rebel Yell whiskey? How surreal is a 'Christmas Eve in 'Vegas?' Ever known a Copenhagen-spitting cowgirl from the prairies of eastern Montana? Ever witness the sad passing of a genuine old cowboy and the extinct era he represents? Then, from the bottleneck-slide sighing over human tragedies manifested in a notorious off-reservation bar, this CD moves on with a loping, bluesy shuffle about shattered youthful Dixie illusions featuring Bill Clinton's tasty Stratocaster solos. A Conjunto-style corrido relating some trouble on the Border bubbles with Rico Garza's button accordion, closing with a surreal Western road trip propelled by flamenco-style steel-string guitar strums over percolating layers of Latin timbales and percussion. All the songs -- regardless of style -- are tightly rolled up by the expert playing of world-class jazz drummer Brad Edwards (Prague International Jazz Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, plus tours with Mose Allison).