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Nothing dims Bill Callahan's red-white-and-blue view
Nothing dims Bill Callahan's red-white-and-blue view

In the last five years, singer and songwriter Bill Callahan has been making nouveau cowboy music, the kind that might have soothed his former self, the confessional, acerbic zinemaker who released tapes made out of his bedroom in the early '90s and went by the very unfriendly moniker Smog. But that was a long time ago. These days Callahan presents himself as a kind of pioneer, a picture of rugged individualism and other American myths that have become recurrent themes in his work as he has grown older. Throwing off the shackles of his early work, which was often self-consciously lo-fi, Callahan, now 45, has settled into a stately elegance, carving out space around his cinematic and...

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