Prolific Austin singer-songwriter Paul Minor headed west for inspiration on his latest release The Marfa Project. Old-time rock 'n' roll is weaved with country undertones on tracks like "Devil May Care" and "Here I Am." "Out of My System" (co-written with Mario Matteoli) adds a bluesy, honky-tonk element. But, it's Minor's deftness with the paradoxical turn of phrase that's most endearing, as in the melancholy "Afterthought," particularly when he's coming to terms with love and regret ("I won every self-defeating battle that I fought, I put you before me as an afterthought") or just being cheeky ("I might need a little space, but I ain't no astronaut").
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