He may not write the finest songs, have the best looks, or even have the richest voice, but no one gets Texas honky-tonk like ED BURLESON. More than just another revivalist, his deep Texas roots (a relative of Burleson's was a Battle of San Jacinto war hero) bring an unmistakable bar-brawling and tear-jerking authenticity to his work. The Denison-born singer was managed and signed by legend Doug Sahm; when Sahm died unexpectedly, in 1999, Burleson was left without a mentor or a label. Yet armed with at least one new self-penned classic ("If You Wanna Go") and several well-chosen covers (including Loudon Wainwright III's "Dead Skunk"), THE COLD HARD TRUTH (Palo Duro) doesn't skip a beat.

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