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Outlaws & Lovers

by Bianca De Leon

Tales of romance and danger on the borderlands from this sultry south-Texas singer-songwriter, with stellar support from Joe Ely, Teye, Joel Guzman, and a host of Texas' best musicians
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. I'd Rather Miss Texas
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2. San Antonio Express
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3. High Timin' Girl
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4. Carlos
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5. Smuggler's Moon
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6. Telephone
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7. Mr. Whiskey
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8. Si Me Recuerdas
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9. You Can't Fool An Old Fool
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10. Merle
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11. Waitin' Round To Die
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12. Don't You Hate It When Your Date Gets Shot?
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13. Ballad Of Dylan Thompson
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Album Notes
"A voice from Texas that does it right." -Guy Clark

South-Texas singer-songwriter Bianca DeLeon's tales of romance and danger on the borderlands ring with the dark, warm authenticity of her voice and the dancehall pedigree of the musicians she works with--including Joe Ely, flamenco guitarist Teye, accordionist Joel Guzman, Redd Volkaert on lead guitar, Marty Muse on pedal steel, and Gene Elders on fiddle--on an evocative, rootsy mix of originals and some stunning covers, from Townes Van Zandt's stark "Waitin' Round To Die" to the tender Spanish ballad "Si Me Recuerdas." With the hard-bought wisdom of "Carlos"; the bittersweet longing of "San Antonio Express" and "Telephone"; the cocky romance of "Smuggler's Moon" and "You Can't Fool an Old Fool"; the pure dancehall swing of "Hi-Timin' Girl" and "Merle"; the heart on the sleeve country roots of "I'd Rather Miss Texas"; and the droll Texas humor of "Don't You Hate It When Your Date Gets Shot?", Bianca takes us to the heights and depths of real life and real love. These are real songs, from the heart and soul, of outlaws and lovers on the borderlands.

Townes Van Zandt biographer Robert Earl Hardy writes, "What Springsteen does for the streets and swamplands of New Jersey, what Lucinda does for the bayous and backroads of the Delta country, Bianca does for the south-Texas borderlands."

"Add DeLeon to your list of true Texas singer-songwriters." -John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music

"I don't often get to hear songs that so perfectly capture a time and place that most of us only get to visit in our dreams. The musicians make these great songs into mini-soundtracks. I love this record!" -Fred Koller ("Lonestar State of Mind")

"Outlaws & Lovers is a fine record." -Eric Taylor



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Robert Earl Hardy

Real borderlands roots music; top-notch songs and musicianship make this a stunn
Outlaws & Lovers is a keeper: real borderlands roots music full of beauty, mystery, romance, and cocksure humor. The song selection ranges from haunting ballads to downhome dancehall swing, all set against a timeless south-Texas backdrop. Bianca's style is refreshingly open and honest, her voice a dark, silky mixture of hard-edged strength and tender vulnerability. Her duet with Joe Ely on her stunning tale of tempted fate, "Carlos", is outstanding, as is her stark, perfect arrangement of Townes Van Zandt's "Waitin' Round To Die", the best cover you'll ever hear of this song. The warm longing of "I'd Rather Miss Texas" and the deep-rooted warmth and wisdom of "You Can't Fool an Old Fool" are further examples of the straightforward realism of Bianca's lyrics, where tragedy is always tempered with hope, or at least resilience. The Tejano flavor of Teye's Spanish guitar and Joel Guzman's accordion combine with the barroom eloquence of Telecaster master Redd Volkaert (from Merle Haggard's band), Marty Muse, Gene Elders, and a host of veterans from the bands of artists such as Lyle Lovett, Tish Hinojosa, and Los Super Seven, to create a deep, rich, timeless sound that is nothing less than the real deal, the real heart and soul of Texas.