Randy McAllister's 'Temporary Fixes' saw an extremely limited released in 2004, yet it may be one of his finest collections of original compositions. With melodies that you want to hum and lyrics that straighten the twists in life, Randy McAllister did it again. Yet another easy to listen album that should have hit the charts when it was first released. 'The Chain' sets the pace with an unabashed call to action. An indictment of apathy set to a tune that echos as strongly as the lyrics. Next 'Nobody Can Help You' takes a choppy, bluesy slap at depression. 'Never Had a Lot of Faith' is an anthem to the quiet power of faith in relationships. Strong McAllister vocals and harp punctuated by Todd Blalock guitar solos to make 'That Chicken Your're Fixin' one of the tracks on this album you'll be re-playing. 'Suzi Goldigger & Sweet Betty' and 'Game of Life' tackle the street and life from a thoroughly McAllister viewpoint. Dealing with love lost to a zydaco beat is the topic for 'Stronger Vice/Better Hobby'. With a track change Randy is rocking 'Take Me Out of New Orleans' one of the strongest tracks on the album, as if to shout he won't play cliche. 'Man Who Went For Cigarettes' is another McAllister musical portrait with haunting Mike Morgan guitar solos pierced by Randy's unmistakable harp. 'Equalizer' plays like a high noon showdown on a dusty road. With Randy McAllister, the music is hot, but you have to listen to the lyrics. That's where the gold is. Not as hard to find today as when it was first released, Randy finally has distribution. You're gonna want a copy. - Music Critic - World Entertainment Randy McAllister is one of the premier singer/songwriter/musicians to emerge from Texas. His music has been hailed as being some of the most original and innovative being made today. While comparison's are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man's background and sensibilities thrown into the mix. Raised in the town of Novice, Texas, McAllister is a fifth-generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. His father was a drummer of a band called The Flames. At a very young age, he began to take up drumming, but the drums were just the beginning. McAllister found the harmonica in the early 1980's while stationed in Massachusetts as a member of the U.S. Air Force. 'Taking cues from Blues legend 'Earring George' Mayweather, a Boston resident and harmonica master. McAllister moved back to Texas in 1992, a strong and skillful harp player who was developing his vocal and songwriting skills. 'If Mark Twain had crafted a 21st century roots musician, he might have created a character like Randy McAllister, with an easy-going persona and a wry, observant wit, McAllister weaves material in the singer/songwriter tradition, with nods to a variety of styles.' He is one of those rare artists who is able to meld genres such as gospel, blues, country, Tex-Mex, rock and zydeco together and come away with something that is uniquely him.' 'In performance, his songs combine an uncontainable energy and intensity with lyrics that do not shy away from tough topics. From urban violence, homelessness and other harsh realities to more common concerns like love and dating, McAllister's songwriting approach is particularly skillful, able to be both truthful and funny. McAllister takes universal feelings and translates them into today's reality, with his own pointed style using his distinctive, soulful voice.' McAllister has released four critically praised albums beginning with his debut Diggin' for Sofa Change, followed by Grease, Grit, Dirt and Spit, the much heralded Double Rectified Bust Head, 2002 GRAMMY NOMINEE Givers and Takers, and his most recent album Temporary Fixes all built on his firm foundation of songwriting.
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