Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sir Douglas & the Texas Tornados: Texas Rock for Country Rollers [ABC/Dot, 1976]
The first side is just Sahm country and though I could do without the pedal steel I like it fine--"Cowboy Peyton Place" and "Texas Ranger Man" are genre songs at their overstated best. The second side is redneck hoohah and I found it easier to take him seriously as a hippie, maybe because I'm more hippie than redneck myself--"Country Groove" and "Floatway" and of course "You Can't Hide a Redneck (Under That Hippy Hair)" sound written to order, and if they did the hustle in Austin I'm sure he'd have added one of those (which might be more fun). B