Terry Allen - Juarez LP
Label: Paradise Of Bachelors
Juarez is legendary Texan artist and musician Terry Allen's debut recording from 1975. A spare and violently devastating song-cycle that took the outlaw country of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and merged it into the more nuanced singer-songwriter territory of Randy Newman, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. A master story-teller, Allen just accompanied by piano and guitar essentially creates the alt-country genre or what would later be known as "Americana," through this story of a young couple on a crime-spree road trip trough the American Southwest and its borderlands. Reissued for the first time on vinyl with the original intended art work. A successful contemporary painter and sculptor, Allen's music and art, while being highly influential on both counts, have often been perceived as parallel practices and not always seen as a whole package. This Paradise of Bachlors reissue seeks to remedy that perception and rightly so. Allen is a keen observer and arch humorist into the delicate but absurd psyche of everyday people.