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There are several country artists today who often cite legends like Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams as influences. To be influenced by those giants is one thing, but to be able to deliver songs in 2006 that have all the trademarks of classics from those eras without any over production or gloss is another. Texan James "Slim" Hand has been singing his brand of country and honky tonk for four decades now, but only recently has the national spotlight begun shining in his direction.  ...
Standing on a stage in his white hat and western-cut suit, James Hand reminds people of the sad-eyed ghost of Hank Williams Sr. In his six-year recording career, Williams became perhaps the most celebrated country singer-songwriter of all time before quietly dying in the back seat of his car on the way to a gig. A lethal combination of alcohol and morphine did him in late on the night of Dec. 31, 1952 or early on the morning of Jan. 1, 1953 at 29.  ...

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