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Joshua Ray Walker, The Vandoliers

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HONKY-TONK MAN: Joshua Ray Walker sings about the people he knows, March 3.
Friday March 3, 2023 08:00 PM EST
Cost: $20-$25
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: Dallas, Texas-based country singer/songwriter Walker has released three albums in three years creating a trilogy about honky-tonk bars and those who frequent them. Yet his clear vocals, his strikingly crafted lyrics about dumpster diving and gas station roses among other topics in his tangy, twangy tunes never demean his subjects. Opening is a harder rocking country outfit, The Vandoliers, making this an impressive roots music double bill. — HH

From the venue:

On his new album See You Next Time, Texas-bred singer/songwriter Joshua Ray Walker shares an imagined yet truthful portrait of a brokedown honky-tonk and the misfits who call it home: barflies and wannabe cowboys, bleary-eyed dreamers and hopelessly lost souls. His third full-length in three years, the album marks the final installment in a trilogy that originated with Walker’s globally acclaimed 2019 debut Wish You Were Here and its equally lauded follow-up Glad You Made It (the #5 entry on Rolling Stone’s Best Country and Americana Albums of 2020 list). “The whole idea with the trilogy was to use the honky-tonk as a setting where all these different characters could interact with each other,”? says Walker, who drew immense inspiration from the local dive bars he first started sneaking into and gigging at as a teenager growing up in East Dallas. “In my mind, this album’s taking place on the night before the bar closes forever the songs are just me taking snapshots of that world, and all the moments that happen in it.”?
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