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Leeroy Stagger back with more rock on Truth be Sold

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Leeroy Stagger is back with his umpteenth CD of roots rock and country music “ The Truth Be Sold.”
 It is another solid effort beginning with the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tinged  opening track ‘Memo.”Click here to hear Leeroy Stagger
He  has an equal balance of Cross Canadian Ragweed style country rockers like “Mister” and tender ballads plus more political rockers like ‘Cities on Fire’ thrown in for good measure.
“Goodnight Berlin,” is an upbeat rocker which is reminiscent of ‘Dirty Windshields,’ a highlight from Staggers’s last  CD “Little Victories material which examines the theme of travelling.
 He slows thing down with “Celebrity.”
 The quiet moment is short lived as  the next track ‘Cities On Fire,’ is pretty heavily influenced by grunge music and a lot more Crazy Horse.
 And for a complete contrast to that, it is followed by a straight ahead country song “Break My Heart,” which draws the listener in with some crying steel guitar.

“He picks thing up a little after that with the exceptional ESP which is the story of  one of his other musical projects Easton, Stagger and Phillips and the experiences touring with them.

After a couple more slower songs, Stagger picks up the tempo again with one of the CD’s standout tracks “Mister,” which is very much reminiscent of a Cross Canadian Ragweed song, about an underemployed hardware store employee and single dad.
 In a similar theme, “Have A Heart,” is another upbeat rocker.
 Stagger ends on another slower note with “Jackie,” a mournful ode of lost love.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
CD: Truth is Sold
 Musician: Leeroy Stagger
 Genre: alt-country/ rock
 Record Label: Rebeltone Records

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