Despite the name Americana is often done best by Canadians. Enter Ontarian Stan Simon, frontman to the Hotel Bible. A confirmed transient in the style of country-western outsiders like Johnny Paycheck or Merle Haggard, the single Desert Line, off Simon’s soon to be released sophomore album is an inspired little hard-living track in the fine tradition of highway noir. Follow the crime spree of the song’s desperate protagonist through the dusty backroads of this genre spanning single. Rock(bottom) blues meets harmonica drenched western sky as our narrator makes off with the cash. But at what cost? Like all great murder ballads, someone has to die.
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