Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Rusty Wier - Stoned, Slow, Rugged (1974)

Picked up this lil' gem of hard livin', heart-broken country/Southern rock based entirely upon the album title. Didn't even hit the listening station. Figured, how could I possibly not like an album called Stoned, Slow, Rugged? As you have surely surmised, my instincts served me well.

Track listing:
1. Whiskey Still/Whiskey Man
2. Easier to Hurt
3. Texas Morning
4. Painted Lady
5. Busted
6. Stoned, Slow, Rugged
7. Jeremiah Black
8. Country Style
9. Cobey's Song
10. Railroad

Outside the sun is up
The wind, it blows me like a paper cup
Down the highway

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Lee Clayton - Lee Clayton (1973)
Mickey Newbury - A Long Road Home (2002)


  1. Made my evening. Your blog consistently kicks ass and I've discovered a a lot of great music thanks to ya sir! :)

  2. Always amazed of the great variety in your blog. Thanks from patagonia

  3. Honestly I have to say that I've never heard anything by Rusty so I thank you.

  4. This is one of the great missing links from my childhood. My local rock station in the 70's was KZEW in Dallas. In those free times there were no limits and d.j.'s played whatever they wanted. Rusty came from the Austin Progressive Country movement and went very well alongside the other hot bands of the time (Bad Company, Deep Purple, Robin Trower, Zeppelin). The best tracks on here are Jeremiah Black, Whiskey Still/Whiskey Man, Coby's Song, Railroad Man and the title track. What makes this album so great is the honest mix og outlaw country and killer lead playing from Jim Inmon. Having Gary Mallaber on drums just adds to the icing. And the production of Jim Mason is exactly what this music needed. Unfortunately Rusty got more commercial after this debut album...

  5. Memories of my childhood in Texas. Rusty came out of the Austin movement called Progressive Country. I was a rocker but this also had rock elements and thus got my interest as a 14 year old.The dj's on the rock station KZEW in Dallas had no limits and they played several songs from this album. It went very well alongside the bands of the time (Trower, Bad Company, Zeppelin, Deep Purple etc). What really makes this album so great are the finely crafted, blues/rock playing from lead guitarist Jim Inmon, drummer Gary Mallaber and the big open production of Jim Mason. Best songs: Whiskey Still/Whiskey Man, Busted, Jeremiah Black, Coby's Song, Railroad Man and the title track.

  6. Snagged this a few months ago and have been listening the hell out of it. Great shit, dude.

  7. God Rest Rusty! He was a great Texan, musician and friend.