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This lineup beautifully captures the inherent multiculturalism of Austin roots music. Country, Tex-Mex, blues, R & B, rock, conjuntos: Austin artists mix 'n' match 'em without a second thought. Don Walser's new album Rolling Stone From Texas (Watermelon) covers both halves of country and western by offering rich cowboy tunes such as "Cowpoke" to counter more typical fare like honky-tonk boogies. Walser possesses an innate knowledge of old country styles, vibrantly drifting from a Jimmie Rodgers yodel to classics by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Willie Nelson, and Marty Robbins. Apart from his elastic vocals and his trademark mind-boggling yodels--he's conducting yodeling contests at each stop on this tour--Walser has a crack band that includes the terrific pedal-steel player Jimmy Day. Inextricably linked to pals Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely, his partners in the nearly mythical Flatlanders, Butch Hancock is better known for his songwriting abilities than his live performances. On his fine new album Eats Away the Night (Sugar Hill), his first with full-blown production, he has the backing of guitarist

Gurf Morlix and the rest of Lucinda Williams's excellent band. It finds him to be a gritty folk rocker with Dylanesque overtones. Tish Hinojosa, whose superb new album Frontejas (Rounder) provides a spirited romp through the talented country-pop singer's Mexican roots, also appears, along with conjunto accordion player Santiago Jimenez Jr., a giant noted for the stylistic purity his more famous brother Flaco has often forsaken. Friday, 9 PM, Whiskey River, 1997 N. Clybourn; 528-3400.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Fabio Nosotti.

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