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Lewis noted the band is in the process of reissuing both of its long out-of-print albums, Stout & High (1988) and Good Fortune (1989). Released on Herb Alpert's A&M Records, Stout & High received wide critical acclaim and logged decent sales, but Good Fortune went nowhere and the band disbanded not long after its release.

"We are also going to release a gospel album we recorded that never saw the light of day," says Lewis.

"Joe Ely is going to join us onstage at the Austin awards for a Buddy Holly song, so that ought to give us some nice buzz," he continues. "Anyway, we're all really excited to see what we can do with this thing after so many years."

Wagoneers front man Monte Warden went on to a solo career and deal with Elektra/WEA after the band called it quits. He released three albums of poppier material, but never struck commercial paydirt.

The other Wagoneers are lead guitarist Brent Wilson and bassist Craig Allen Pettigrew.

Lewis jokingly noted that Grammy-winning Nashville record producer (Miranda Lambert, Chris Knight) and former Houstonian Frank Liddell "was our informal roadie every time we played Austin back in the day."

"We called him and told him we were doing this and he seems totally behind us. So don't be surprised if he shows up and helps us carry our gear in at one of these gigs," Lewis laughs.

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