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Tommy Alverson

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Arlington’s Tommy Alverson should be the permanent face of the independent Texas country music movement. He embodies all the hallmarks of the sound, and the mind-set. Alverson is Lone Star proud. He’s artistically beholden to nobody but himself. He loves Americana music, that decidedly Texas blend of country, swing, Tex-Mex, Southern rock, folk and blues. He writes songs, but also has no qualms about recording good material from somebody else’s pen. He’s made a living playing music his way.

Alverson’s new CD, Texas One More Time, encapsulates his creative mantra in 14 songs. He covers expansive territory. You get a classic Texas country anthem (“Texas One More Time”), a honky-tonk corker (“Broken Hearted People”), a swinging country ballad (“Don’t Mind If I Do”), a Western swing number (“It’s Hard to Say for Sure”), a bluesy rave-up (“Sweet Love”), a Tex-Mex nugget (“Move to Texas”) and a humorous ditty (“Willie’s Place”).

Texas One More Time is Alverson’s ninth disc in a career that has been incredibly steady. He’s carved a livelihood playing and recording the music he cherishes in the state he calls home. That’s the epitome of successful. He doesn’t need anything else.- MARIO TARRADELL / The Dallas Morning News

Alverson’s been making music with a Lone Star state of mind – and sound – for decades, yet his popularity is still growing. When he won the 2007 Best Country and Western Music Award from Fort Worth Weekly, the paper declared, “If there is such a thing as Cowtown country music’s elder statesman, he’s it.”

Though Alverson has stood on Texas’ honky-tonk and dance hall stages since way before he could be called an elder statesman of anything, the first time radio really paid attention was with the Jimmy Buffett-ish “Una Mas Cerveza,” a song on 1999’s, Lloyd Maines-produced Me on the Jukebox. Ironically, that one allowed him to quit his 30-year gig with Miller Brewing Co. so he could hit the road and sing his songs. – FW Weekly

Tommy Alverson fiercely hews to the time-honored Texas country music tradition—a little swing, a little twang, a lot of heart. He’s a mentor, producer, festival promoter, songwriter and singer who takes responsibility for keeping boot marks on the honky-tonk hardwood floor. – BUZZ MCCLAIN

Whenever I see Tommy’s name, I know I’m in for a real country music experience. – Robert K. Oerman-Nashville, Tn.

Links:
Website: http://www.tommyalverson.com/
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/tommyalverson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tommyalverson

Video: “Texas One More Time”: http://youtu.be/WO2xcGNagUM