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Music Trophy husband flies solo 

It's fair to say that Dave Insley didn't rush into a solo career.

Insley has been a mainstay of the Tempe, Arizona, roots-music scene for more than 20 years, establishing himself as alt-country long before people had a term for the aesthetic. In the early '80s he fronted a cowpunk outfit called Chaingang, complete with black-and-white striped convict duds.

After playing in a few short-lived bands, Insley re-emerged with the Nitpickers, a tight "newgrass" combo that brought rock attitude to a traditional, acoustic form. While playing with the Nitpickers, Insley formed the Trophy Husbands, a darkly humorous, goth-country band that explored vintage country music's macabre underbelly and fascination with Old West mythology.

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Dave Insley

Now, more than 30 years after he began writing songs on his dad's wheat farm, Insley has released a solo album. Call Me Lonesome, which includes vocal contributions from San Antonio native Rosie Flores, finds Insley doing what he does best: loose-limbed, no-nonsense, desert country with a strong sense of narrative and an endearing streak of self-deprecation. Insley will bring his stellar band to Casbeers on Tuesday, July 26.

- Gilbert Garcia


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