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Robert Rex Waller Jr. is mostly known among Americana afficionados as the frontman of Californian country rockers I See Hawks In L.A., with whom he has built a rather impressive body of work. But recently the man also found some time for this solo album, his second, an impressive collection of covers of classics from country and rock history. And when I say impressive, I really do mean that he sets the bar high. The album starts with the Walker Brothers evergreen The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, and he channels the original with absolute conviction. Further on we’re also treated to songs from greats such as Bobby Rydell, Gene Clark and even alt-country legends Rank & File. Waller even tries his hand at Tougher Than The Rest, a song that some of you may know from a certain Bruce Springsteen. The production, by Carla Olson, is consistently grand and compelling, an ideal setting for the man’s impressive voice. In short, See The Big Man Cry is not just a tribute to old classics, but also a very respectable and often successful attempt at emulating them. Release date: 20 oktober

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