Joe Sun: Hank Bogart Still Lives (1989) MP3/Flac

( Thanks Chipper, For this and the others, Joe Sun is one of  if not the best outlaw country singer/songwriter ever). One of the most soulful singer/stylists in country music, Joe Sun has been compared vocally to rocker David Clayton Thomas, called the best singer to hit Nashville in twenty years by Johnny Cash, and deemed a combination of Tom Waits and Hank Williams by one reviewer. Since Sun burst onto the country charts with the mega-hit, " Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," but for his powerful songwriting skills. The latest album by the writer of "Bombed, Boozed and Busted" and "I Ain't Honky Tonkin' No More" will remind fans just why Billboard named him Best New vocalist when he cut his debut album on Ovation. Twelve of the fifteen songs recorded for HeartBreak Saloon, were written or co-written by Sun. The CD, on Dixie Frog Records, is proof in the digital platter that Joe Sun is in top form as a writer, vocalist and song stylist. Joe's musical roots are blues and country. He grew up on a Minnesota farm, listening to southern music on country's 50,000 watt WSM and rhythm and blue's WLAC radio, broadcasted out of Nashville. Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and later, Bob Dylan, all added strong influences. It was not until Sun was working as a disc jockey at Key West, Florida rock station, that he found the exact direction he wanted to go. "One day I got a Mickey Newbury record in and it blew me away," Sun recalls. "I didn't know a thing about Nashville or what was happening there musically at the time, but that record told me somebody there was doing something great." Sun went to Madison, Wisconsin, then one of the most progressive university towns in America, put together a country band and began playing the club scene. The result was a meld of country rock blues and a gut-level down home feel. Sun brought his brand of roadhouse rock and honky tonk music to Nashville, and began working as a record promotion man, honing his songwriting skills and biding his time. It all came together when he promoted the Kendalls' "Heaven's Just A Sin Away" to the #1 slot for Ovation Records. Ovation producer Brien Fisher repaid the singer's efforts by giving him a shot of his own. Joe's first cut--Hugh Moffett's "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)", shot to the top of Billboard's chart, and established Sun as a formidable newcomer on the country scene.  ****