Homer Henderson/Nick Tosches 7"

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One of favorite non-ranch artists, an out of print 7" from Honey Records.

It's the damnedest collaboration in recent rock-and-roll history--then again, maybe not. On the one hand is Homer Henderson, who's all alley and not a little tin-pan. The self-proclaimed "Amazing One-Man Band" is the kingshit anthem writer for all the losers, loners, and little people out there--in time, his "Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine" may come to be remembered as the greatest song ever written, better even than Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman."

On the other hand is Nick Tosches, one of the most poetic writers who ever deigned to pen a few million words about the mundane subject of rock and roll. When Tosches wrote Hellfire and Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, he not only chronicled the lives of Jerry Lee Lewis and Dean Martin, he reached into their coffins and came up holding their souls like trouts on a fishing line.

That the Newark-born Tosches should be drawn to Dallas boy Henderson (born Phil Bennison)is not at all surprising--after all, Tosches spent years tracking down and giving voice to the Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll, and there ain't no more unsung rock-and-roll hero in this world than Homer Henderson. But theirs is more than a casual friendship: Turns out Henderson and Tosches are collaborating on a handful of songs that may well turn out to be a full-length album featuring Tosches' words and Homer's music. "I don't know what the hell we're doing," Henderson says in that weary twang of his. "I really don't."- Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer