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Strange to find a straight-up country release on a predominantly metal label, but Bob Wayne is not your average artist, as he blows modern country stereotypes out of the water with his wagon wheel songwriting and rebellious delivery as heard on the 15-track release OUTLAW CARNIE. Falling somewhere in between Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank III and Supersuckers (the latter pair who he worked with in the past), this hard nosed cowboy portrays the aesthetic of black hats and Mexican standoffs with conviction while the band behind him expertly interprets a song like a cross between the house bands of The Grand Olí Opry and Hee-Haw. Chock full of skillful pickiní and grinniní but also packing a spaghetti western cowpunk punch that stands toe to toe along to anything considered bad ass in corpsepaint, Bob Wayne delivers a staunch reminder of country musicís gritty underbelly with a genuine sense of the hard living and loving lifestyle he sings about.
- Mike SOS