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Doop And The Inside Outlaws
Blood River
(self-released)
www.insideoutlaws.com


I'm not sure if alt.country is in vogue any longer, especially since the print edition of No Depression recently bit the dust. But if that great magazine were still on the racks, they'd most certainly make space for Doop & The Inside Outlaws, which is a strangely named alt.country outfit. Doop, the group's lead singer, sounds a whole lot like Chris Knight. And that's a good thing. And Jim Diamond (who also produced The White Stripes) does a fine job in bringing out this act's sweetly beer-soaked sound.

These guys are the real deal, too. During a song that supports their partying lifestyle, "Who's To Say", Doop states: "People say I ain't livin' right/I can't turn down a drink/I can't turn down a fight." And this life gets the man into trouble, too. The title of "If I Were You I'd Probably Hate Me Too" just about says it all. Yet it's hard to know if "Shoot You Down" stems from watching just a few too many Westerns on TV. "Don't you ever come around/I might just have to shoot you down."

There's nothing on Blood River that Steve Earle didn't do better in his early days, or Chris is doing better now. But for those that may live in the kind of small town described via the CD's title track, this down and dirty escapism music will sound great in your truck while you're speeding down some back country dirt road.

-Dan MacIntosh

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