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Somewhere along the line, Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers transformed into Woodrose. Along with the change in name came a marked shift in sound. Rather than the poetic Americana of Jonson Kuhn's previous efforts, this album comes straight out of a run-down honky-tonk frequented by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, before either toned down the political content of their music. At least that's what "Federal Taxes" sounds like. On the surface, these songs sound like straightforward Southern rock until each unfolds into something very different. "Electric Chair" waxes into dusky, dreamy territory and back into husky blues rock — kind of like The Stars Are Insane-era Versus copping an early Allman Brothers vibe. With One In, One Out, Kuhn and his mates have recast themselves as a soulful and introspective rock-and-roll band.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.