Scott Ballew :: Rio Bravo

"People, they don't change/It's like hugging the crashing waves", Scott Ballew sings on "True Love Can't Surf", a slow-building opening ballad culminating in a rich coda. On his third full length offering, the Texas-based troubadour churns out weathered country crooners with referential touchstones that are equal parts Townes Van Zandt and perennial AD favorite Cotton Jones (in fact, Rio Bravo is produced by Michael Nau himself . . .

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