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BRYAN MCPHERSON: AMERICAN BOY / AMERICAN GIRL

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GENRE: THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH (BUT NOT COUNTRY)
LABEL: STATE LINE RECORDS
VERDICT: POTENT RAGE
RELEASE: 4.17.12
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Bryan McPherson sure as shit ain’t fucking around on his new album American Boy / American Girl.

The OFD-turned-Berkeley, CA-resident won’t for one moment tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, corporate greed, or the neglecting of poor people.

“Oh, he’s a knee-jerk liberal,” you say. “He probably thinks that any criticism of President Obama is borne of bigotry and close-mindedness, right?”

For the answer, one need look no further than the 5:40 mark of “I See A Flag.” Here, McPherson proclaims, “There ain’t no President/He’s a walking, talking puppet, just hanging from a string/Singing the songs the corporations say to sing/And you all sit there dancing, singing along/But there’s no fuckin’ words, there’s no fuckin’ song/He reads it from a screen, you take it to heart.”

Bryan isn’t spouting limp, uniformed political correctness. Unlike a lot of people who tell it like they see it, he usually sees it as it actually is.

McPherson does not pine for a better vanished time or naively foresee a future so bright that he needs sunglasses: “And all I can hope for is a better today/Cuz life’s right now and its here I’ll stay.”

American Boy / American Girl is the cure for those who suffer from skepticism of the power of a human being and an acoustic guitar.

THE OLD EDISON, BRYAN MCPHERSON, AND THE DUCKY BOYS (who I did not realize had an album called Three Chords and the Truth when I filled in the GENRE space above)

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