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It Ain't Me, Babe

When Jack Ingram chose the path of most resistance, he stumbled across himself

"I went in and cut it and came back," Ingram recalls, "and they said, 'What are you doing, man? You didn't cut us a single. Why are you such an asshole?' They thought I was fucking with them."

But Ingram's relationship with the label is not antagonistic, not at all. He likes to say it's one of "mutual respect." Their goals are the same: to move product, to move people. But these days, those objectives do not always meet at the center. Ingram, who was No Depression before the alleged movement had a name, has never been in the right place at the right time. And that makes him a valuable commodity in worthless times. Better to stick to your guns than fire blanks, like so many acts wearing hats to cover empty heads or singing about how much they loves they mama as much as they loves being from Texas, yee-haw.

Jack Ingram walked away from the white-hat throngs in the summer of '95.
Jack Ingram walked away from the white-hat throngs in the summer of '95.

"There are still people that come up to me with my first record and say, 'Why don't you do shit like that?' " he says, wearing a look somewhere between grin and frown. "And I say, 'Thank you, where do you want me to sign?' "

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