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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.

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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