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Rick Monroe - Smoke Out the Window

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Sporting a beard, dark glasses and a cowboy hat in the cover photo of Smoke Out the Window, Monroe looks a little Waylon-ish. Appropriately, many will consider his music, all wanderlust ("Good as Gone") dissipation ("Cocaine Cold & Whiskey Shakes") and dealin' with the Devil ("Stomp") as taking up the mantle of outlaw country. But Monroe shouldn't be pigeonholed; there's also a slinky blues number in "Rage," a tender love song in "Tempt Me" and some Little Feat-style funk rock in the album's title cut. This is one of those albums where a couple of listens will leave fans anxious to hear Monroe rip it up live on stage.

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