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Playbill: Corb Lund and Hayes Carll at Dosey Doe

Pushing the new

Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

record, Canadian country jazzers Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans make one of their infrequent visits to the area Friday night at Dosey Doe, a new upscale coffee house in The Woodlands. Lund will be opening for Woodlands favorite son Hayes Carll, who is also pushing

a new album

.

Carll and Lund, who was voted the best unsigned act in Nashville by our sister paper Nashville Scene in 2007, have been traveling in tandem off and on for a couple of years now in a cross-pollinating audience-building effort, with Lund playing shows with Carll down this way and Carll traveling to the Canada to open shows for Lund.

Lund’s latest album is an odd duck, filled as it is with throwback songs like “I Wanna Be in the Cavalry” and the tragic “On a Leader Losing Control.” He also continues his tongue-in-cheek swipes at his Mormon cousins (if you remember the line from his first album) with the hilarious and bawdy “Brother Brigham, Brother Young.” There is no one in music today who brings more history and mythology into country music than the brainy Albertan, who can toss off lines like these:

I’m a Hussar, I’m a Hun, I’m a wretched Englishman
Routing Bonaparte at Waterloo
I’m dragoon on a dun, I’m a Cossack on the run
I’m a horse soldier, timeless through and through
I drank mare’s blood on the run when I rode with the Great Khan
On the frozen Mongol steppe when at his height
I’s a White Guard, I’s a White Guard,
I’s the Tsar’s own palace horse guard
When Nicolas was martyred in the night

Lund’s ranching and rodeo roots are on display anytime he goes in the studio or steps to the microphone, but this time he’s taken it deep into the traditions of horsemen and horses, tramps and saddle tramps. If you’re from Texas and you can’t relate to “My Saddle Horse Has Died” or “The Horse That I Rode In On,” you might consider moving to Connecticut. While this album may not take the charts by storm – there are no by-the-numbers hits here -- Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! will certainly be one of the most iconoclastic alt-country albums of the year.

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For all you “I-never-go-outside-the-Loop-ers, you can get to Dosey Doe by taking I-45 north to the Robinson Road exit at The Woodlands. Crossover to the feeder going south (that’s back toward The Loop) and Dosey Doe will be about a mile down on the right. We hear the pie is to die for. – William Michael Smith

Corb Lund and Hayes Carll perform at Friday, May 16 at 8 pm at Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 N, 281-367-3774.

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