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Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands

Various Artists Audio CD

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The second in our series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouse's Lowland operation out of Beaumont, Texas. Long after the Bopper's plane crashed and the Winter brothers (Johnny and Edgar) and Janis Joplin split, Texas' Golden Triangle was home to a vibrant scene of musicians, songwriters, and entrepreneurs just trying to make it in Houston, let alone the world. From the ashes of a vibrant garage and stage band scene, the Lowland studio and its clientele were formed. Holed up in a run-down strip mall, groups like Mourning Sun, Insight Out, Sage, Sassy, Mother Lion, Hope, Circus, and Boot Hill tracked out hundreds of demos, most of which were put on the shelf and left to bake in the South East Texas heat. Until now. Over the last two years, Numero has painstakingly gone through every tape in the studio's archives, selecting the best of the best (22 for the CD, 28 for the 2LP) for this peerless compilation. The songs themselves run the gamut; southern boogie rock, CSNY clones, British blues thunder, garage-psych hangovers, Morricone-esque supper club instrumentals, yacht rock, and what can only be described as Bobby McPherin fronting the Velvet Underground, are threaded together in the way only a tightly-knit scene can be. Forget bringing these treasures back to life, Numero's giving them the life they never had.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music -- What If.... 12 July 2011
By Camella Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this CD when it was released last year and listed to it daily for about five months. I heard about the CD from Dwain Briggs, the lead singer on the song "Simple House." The sound is definately late 60's early 70's, and one has to wonder if Lowlands would have survived if any one of these songs would have received notice and significant airplay. Standout songs are "Simple House," "Yellow River," "It Makes You Feel So Bad," "Benshaw Glen," and "Everyday is Saturday." Along with Dwain Briggs, a former tour manager for Reba McIntyre came from this group of artists, and even if the sound quality is a little sketchy on some recordings (one must read the booklet on Lowlands to understand the battles this little studio had to face to put out such great music) the music itself is wonderful. If you ever wanted to hear some neat alternatives to late 60's and early 70's music and also about what local artists in Beaumont, Texas were doing, this CD is worth the purchase for the songs and the history of music in Texas.
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