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Although he lives in Austin now, Roger Wallace is not a native Texan. So, it's no surprise that his music would be imbued with outside influences. And while his albums "Hillbilly Heights" and the new "That Kind Of Lonely" are hard-core honky-tonk, country isn't even his first musical love. In his native Knoxville, Tenn., Wallace was a blues musician and DJ. Not surprisingly, the man who finally turned Wallace on to the wonders of hillbilly music had also learned some of his sound from blues performers. ...
Roger Wallace had little choice growing up in Knoxville, Tenn. what type of music heheard around the house. But that didn't mean he liked it. "I was forced fed country music from birth to being old enough to make my parents change the station when I was 15,," says Wallace, now 28, based in Austin and the owner of a fine honky tonk-cum-traditional debut, "Hillbilly Heights" on the indy Texas Music Round Up label. "Whether at the dinner table or in the car, it was always country music," says Wallace, "blaming" his parents. "They both had great good voices. My mom taught me harmony." ...