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Texas honky-tonk band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash play Thursday at the Old Town Pub. Mark Stuart, who is pictured here second from the left, said he chose the name in part to feed off of Cash's swagger.

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Texas country band hangs on to Johnny Cash's swagger

"Mainstream country," laments Mark Stuart, "turns its back on its heroes." Because of that, it's near impossible to find a song by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or George Jones on FM radio.


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