Rick Vincent

A Wanted Man

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Vincent draws on the legacies of hometown heroes like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard without ever trying to sound just like them. He doesn't need to: Vincent, who wrote or co-wrote all 10 of these songs, writes thoughtful and literate lyrics (he alludes to John Steinbeck and Casablanca). And whether he's shuffling into drunken despair in "Hello, She Lied" or comparing his marriage to an abandoned railway in "Ain't Been a Train Through Here in Years," he's got a voice as big and warm as the San Joaquin Valley.

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