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The Texas Reunion (Skinny Records) is ostensibly a solo album from Skinny Don Keeling, the bass player in Don Walser’s Pure Texas Band. But since Keeling appears as the bassist and/or singer on only half the CD’s twelve cuts, he’s better described as a ringleader. He chose the material (such as the obscure gem “I’m Only Human”), the vocalists (Sherri Barr Walker is heartbreaking on “Things I Can’t Bring Back”), and the musicians (including fellow Pure Texas bandmates and, in what are among his final recordings, the late pedal steel maestro Jimmy Day). The result is crisp, kinetic dance hall music seasoned with bluegrass… . Texans take up a big chunk of the double- CD Men Are Like Street Cars: Women Blues Singers 1928—1969 ( MCA

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