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Lost State of Franklin 

Quarter to Lonely (www.loststateoffranklin.com)

Quarter to Lonely plays like the work of three good ol' boys and a gal who spend their weekends spinning Johnny Cash and watching A Fistful of Dollars. Plunking and twanging, guitarist Rob Franklin Muzick lays down a locomotive lick on the opener, "Clint Eastwood," while singer J. Scott Franklin lionizes Dirty Harry. Like the gunslinger, Franklin's not really a cowboy, but he plays the part just as well.

Franklin tells us he's been shot in Alabama and passed out in New Orleans. His riding partners have seen some scenes too. Upright bassist David Mooser draws inspiration from London psychobilly, and he helps the band cut a rug on "600 Miles" -- but he's just as comfortable playing old-timey country. Singer Tyler Postma gives a soft touch to "Cold Day," a slow-dance saloon ballad that rivals anything in Neko Case's songbook. Saddle up and check it out.

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