Terry Allen - Smokin' the Dummy/ Bloodlines
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Smokin' the Dummy/ Bloodlines (Sugar Hill, 1997)

Terry Allen

Reviewed by Roy Kasten

These two early '80s releases oBoth discs, separated by only three years, are a portrait of American brutality, from colonialism to market culture run rampant. The standouts include "The Heart of California," "Helena Montana," "Bloodlines," "Ourland," and the oft-covered "Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy." Allen's band, featuring some all star Texas pickers, is angry and relentless in its delivery, and help make these two discs the important documents they remain.

CDs by Terry Allen

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