October 21

730 PM

Ronnie Fauss
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"Songs as catchy as the titles are memorable" - New York Times 

"A cross between Steve Earle & Gram Parsons” - Vanity Fair

Ronnie Fauss' I Am The Man You Know I'm Not follows a string of impressive EPs with his first long player on Normaltown Records. If you're an alt-country fan  that longs for one of the glory periods of alt-country/country rock there's plenty here to please you.

Flavoring his hook-filled twangy tunes with fiddle and pedal steel and the clever turn of phrase Fauss has compiled eleven memorable tracks and created one of my favorite discs of 2012. As a long time fan my only (totally unfair) complaint is I was already familiar with  four of the tracks from a previous release. That won't be a problem for most listeners who check out Fauss' major label debut (NewWest/Normaltown) and hear this talented Texan for the first time. From the cover of Gram Parsons' "Sin City" to his original road-tune adventure "I Don't See You" (which recalls Jackson Browne's "Take It Easy" with a dose of  Ronnie's humor and a bit more rock) Ronnie hits the mark.  

His honest raspy voice reminds me of Tweedy during his Uncle Tupelo  days and Lily Hiatt's sweet backing vocals hint at the magic Caitlin Cary added to Whiskeytown's recordings. I'm not the only one who digs Ronnie and his music. His disc is currently #10 on the Roots Country Report and he is nominated  for the Dallas Observer Music Awards as both "best solo" and "best folk" artist!     Highly recommended. - No Depression