Various From Hell to Breakfast: A Taste of Sugar Hill's Texas Singer-Songwriters

The doors of the roadhouse swing open and the stranger steps through. He's not sure what he's looking for but he's sure he'll find it here. The jukebox pumps the Gourds' "El Paso," pulling the happy drunks to the dance floor. As he makes his way to the bar, the stranger hears snippets of conversation. The good ol' boy Terry Allen ain't taking any shit with "Gone to Texas" and Guy Clark is in a tete a tete with Emmylou singing the praises of "Old Friends." Rodney Crowell recounts a tale of domestic tragedy in "Topsey Turvey" and "Old Blevins" puts a toothy, bleary grin on your mug, courtesy of the Austin Lounge Lizards. Through the dim light and thick smoke the stranger makes out the gentle elegance of Townes Van Zandt, while Robert Earl Keen is alone with his sorrowful thoughts and a bottle of whiskey. A gentle slice of life, this waterin' hole has pulled some of the best songwriters the big star state has to offer. The beer has cleared the Texas dust from the stranger's throat and he departs. The sun's up now and as he looks back, he realises this journey, From Hell to Breakfast..., has been a satisfying one. (Sugar Hill)