Bedford’s Chris Rivers has just released his second effort, New Meaning to Lonesome, a CD that thankfully continues the singer’s old-school devotion to hardcore honky-tonk of the Haggard/Jennings variety.
Eschewing mullet and trenchcoat, Rivers makes country music the old-fashioned way: with more fiddle and less bombast. For going on two years now, he and his band have been the house performers at Gilley’s--an experience that's helped shape the act into a tight, cohesive, collection of hayseeds.
Check out the reflective ballad “She Draws them Together" (available for download on Rivers' Myspace page) or the rockabilly-tinged "Trail of Broken Hearts" (available for download later in this post) for proof that Rivers might indeed be DFW's own Dwight Yoakum.
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Catch Rivers headlining at Gilley’s this coming Friday. --Darryl Smyers