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Whitey Morgan

9 p.m. Friday, June 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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If Waylon Jennings didn't exist, then Whitey Morgan wouldn't either. The same could be said for Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Cash, not to mention Buicks, twin fiddles and class struggle. The mold should have been broken with the passing of honky-tonk's golden age, but somehow, against all the cornpone that still fuels much of the revivalist scene, Morgan is absolutely in that mold. With a rich baritone that stands up to Dale Watson and a hard-as-forged-steel band that stands up to pure shuffles and trucker stomps, Morgan is a heavyweight, hard-country hitter.

Before You Go: Head to a dive where the jukebox still plays George Jones, but save enough drinking money for Off Broadway. It's going to be a six-shot and two-step kind of night.

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