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Earl Musick / Press

“I talked to Earl Musick at Reload Records in Ft. Worth earlier this spring. He claims that is his real name but he never showed me his birth certificate over the phone. Earl is a songwriter and artist and the founder of the label whose motto is: “If Music ain’t got edge, it’s dull.” And that “point” is easily heard in the music that Reload releases, such as albums by Mark Merritt, Jeff Prince, the Brazos Brothers, and Earl himself. Mark Merritt’s project has electric guitars and drums with arrangements more in keeping with modern Texas artists, while Earl’s solo CDs sound a little more like southern rock with an occasional Texas swing influence and an unorganized charm sometimes like the early Jerry Jeff records of the ’70s. Although the quality is good, these records are not about the recording, they are about the songs, the voices and the performances. If your name is actually “Musick”, even with a “k”, you gotta live up to”

Gary - Conversations about Music

“Just as real country was edged out by the Nashville Sound of the 1960s Outlaw country was pushed out by the New country of the late 1980s but thankfully there are a few Outlaws around like Earl Musick. Earl is an Outlaw at heart. His music perfectly recaptures Willie and Waylon’s gift to the country fans on “Eden Avenue” with a great blend of honky tonk two-steppers, interesting story songs and tender heart ballads. Earl certainly carries on the tradition of those former Outlaws with such great songs as “Five Miles Over Texas”, “Rufus”, “Rainy Day Blues” and “Stormy Night In Texas”. ”

Pete Smith - The adveritiser UK

“On the fourth album by Earl Musick is his band of seasoned and experienced musicians including Mark Meritt (guitar, dobro, keyboards), Dave Pendley (drums), Giles McCrary (mandolin), Mick Morrow (bass) and Gene Scott (pedal steel guitar). After many listenings of this together with Mark Meritt produced and written a whole is clear to me that "Eden Avenue" a gem of an album is roots. Thirteen songs, performed in an unpolished manner and pure Texan. Earl is properly floated during the famous boogie-rock of Travelling Bird, with electric guitars and Musick Meritt together in getting started. A nice pot of roots rock in Back Home To You and Five Miles Over Texas invites the volume considerably unscrewing. The energetic songs are interspersed with intimate moments of subtle blues Rainy Day Blues and acoustic songs Rufus and Help Is On The Way with What "you hear is of high class. Honest and raw. Important information for fellow reviewers. ”

“From Roots Music Report: With a good combination of deep rooted vocals , a little Texas swing and a touch of southern rock ‘Privateer’ has something for just about anyone. Four Sstars out of five. - Chad Wheat ”

“Pete Smith's Reviews Earl has a nice easy style both in his writing and delivery of songs that reflect life as he sees it, sometimes a little of beam and maybe left of centre.”

“From Rikks Revues Texas is truly an Americana and Country music haven. This time let's take a journey to Fort Worth and take a look at Earl Musick. Privateer shows his songwriting abilities, the songs are complimented with weathered vocals that are completely fitting here. ”

“From Americana HomePlace The latest effort from Texas-based songwriter Earl Musick (yes, that is his real last name) is an impressive collection of songs entitled Privateer.”

“Americana UK Duck & Cover Musick sounds like Steve Earle mixed in with a touch of J.J. Cale – and for Musick being a prolific tunesmith I guess he has now learnt the tools of his troubadour trade. Eight out of ten stars. -- Andy Riggs ”

“From Americana Homeplace - 'Duck and Cover' is the fourth release from Fort Worth singer-songwriter Earl Musick - and it's most certainly his best collection of songs to date. Four out of five stars. -- Americana Homeplace ”

“The Fort Worth-based Musick isn’t happy with the post-Katrina situation or the war in Iraq, but he won’t quite call Duck & Cover a protest album. Tom Geddie”

“ From Wildy's World - Review of "Duck & Cover" The first thing that will strike you about Fort Worth, Texas' Earl Musick is what an amazing storyteller he is. Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5) ”