Country to the Bone

The best country singers always come from tiny, one-horse towns, whether it's Mount Olive, Alabama (Hank Williams), Kingsland, Arkansas (Johnny Cash), Ferriday, Louisiana (Jerry Lee Lewis), or Abbott, Texas (Willie Nelson). If you haven't already, add Tokio, Texas, resident James Hand to that illustrious list. After releasing his first nationally distributed album—The Truth Will Set You Free—last year at the ripe young age of 53, Hand has continued to build on the legend he's created over years of playing Central Texas honky-tonks (longtime fans include Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson and revered UT football coach Darrell K. Royal). See what all the fuss is about when Hand performs his tragically beautiful country tunes solo and acoustic 8 p.m. Thursday at the AllGood Café, 2934 Main St. Call 214-742-5362 or visit
Thu., Aug. 23, 8 p.m.

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