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In the olden times, before the days of the Web, a posse of tall-walkin' Texas trash known as Horseshoe rode roughshod over the concrete plains of Montrose. Fearsome front man Greg Wood and his band of brigands terrorized saloons such as the Blue Iguana and Fabulous Satellite Lounge with a blend of rock and country that was meaner than Uncle Tupelo, more soused than Whiskeytown and left its mark on all who heard it. (Wood was also fond of reading extended passages from Penthouse Forum out loud at shows.) Horseshoe's 1995 debut, King of the World, is still regarded by some as the best Houston album ever made. The band beat back all comers in the latter part of that decade, winning Band of the Year in Public News' 1997 Houston Music Poll and inspiring outlaw royalty Billy Joe Shaver to call their SXSW show that same year "some of the best damned music I've ever heard." Horseshoe melted down in a haze of substance abuse and health problems (Wood's heart attack, for one) following 2000's conspicuously titled, wildly uneven Movin' the Goods, but they've decided to give it one more shot. Wood told our Rocks Off music blog last month that Friday's Horseshoe reunion — with Ken Jones of The Missiles subbing for rhythm guitarist Cary Winscott, who passed away three years ago — could include every song Horseshoe ever wrote, even three or four the band has never before performed live: "I don't feel like I left on my own terms," he said. "If this is our last show ever, I want Horseshoe to go out right."

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