15 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Live at Billy Bob’s Texas captures Pat Green on the rise, showing off his chops as a roadhouse entertainer as he prepares to plunge into the Nashville music machine. This 1999 release — recorded before a yowling audience at Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July picnic — offers a good sampling of his early repertoire, one steeped in the noble Lone Star singer/songwriter tradition. Green pays explicit tribute to his musical heroes in “Nightmare” and “Songs About Texas,” but whether the song celebrates Southern culture (“Here We Go”), phone sex (“1-900-Lover”) or the general joys of being alive (“Just Fine”), Pat and his blazing band have no trouble sustaining momentum throughout. Dixie-fried stompers like “Southbound 35” and “Me and Billy the Kid” compliment nicely wistful ballads like “Dancehall Dreamer” and “If I Had a Million.” The rousing story-song “George’s Bar” is a fine example of Green’s skill at fusing populist storytelling with accessible country-rock. Live at Billy Bob’s Texas is Green’s music undiluted by commercial concerns, served smoking hot.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Live at Billy Bob’s Texas captures Pat Green on the rise, showing off his chops as a roadhouse entertainer as he prepares to plunge into the Nashville music machine. This 1999 release — recorded before a yowling audience at Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July picnic — offers a good sampling of his early repertoire, one steeped in the noble Lone Star singer/songwriter tradition. Green pays explicit tribute to his musical heroes in “Nightmare” and “Songs About Texas,” but whether the song celebrates Southern culture (“Here We Go”), phone sex (“1-900-Lover”) or the general joys of being alive (“Just Fine”), Pat and his blazing band have no trouble sustaining momentum throughout. Dixie-fried stompers like “Southbound 35” and “Me and Billy the Kid” compliment nicely wistful ballads like “Dancehall Dreamer” and “If I Had a Million.” The rousing story-song “George’s Bar” is a fine example of Green’s skill at fusing populist storytelling with accessible country-rock. Live at Billy Bob’s Texas is Green’s music undiluted by commercial concerns, served smoking hot.

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