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Review: Alex Williams’ ‘Better Than Myself’ Is Modern Outlaw Country

Review: Alex Williams’ ‘Better Than Myself’ Is Modern Outlaw Country
 

With steel guitar by country-rock vet DanDugmore, harp by Willie Nelson main man Mickey Raphael, muscular rock guitarsand a handsome bourbon baritone, Indiana longhair Alex Williams casts himselfsquarely in the outlaw mode Chris Stapleton has rebooted with his debut LP. The25-year-old rides hard for stoners: “More Than Survival” finds himjustifying his Wednesday night buzz; “Little Too Stoned”declares solidarity with “a fucked up generation/Like our nation’s neverknown” while Dugmore’s steel blows smoke rings. But “Old Tattoo”is the standout, dialing back the bad ol’ boy postures to address a deadgrandfather, a deep meditation that shows a real storyteller getting his legs.

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