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D. Braxton Harris

Can I Return These Flowers? – 2002 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Alabama native D.B. Harris has been based in Austin for the past two years, but the tunes on this self-released disc indicate that his major influences are Dwight Yoakam and The Mavericks.

Not only do most of Harris' compositions stylistically resemble those artists but his vocals also mimic those of Yoakam and Raul Malo.

The opening track "Too Much For Me" is reminiscent of The Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," right down to the accordion. The ballads "My Little Runaway" and "Overdue (For Being Over You)," as well as a cover of Elvis Presley's "Love Me," also reflect the vocal influence of Malo.

Similarly other tracks recall Yoakam's traditional country sound. Harris' vocal on "Try This On For Size," "Lonely Lady, Broken Man" and the title track feature Yoakamesque phrasing, while "She's Cool To Me" has some nice Pete Anderson-style licks from lead guitarist Eddie Perez.

It is on the bluesy "Night Time Man" and the rocking "Hollywood In Texas" that Harris reveals an edgier, more unique style.

Though D. B. Harris does not establish an identifiable sound on this album his strong voice, intelligent lyrics and catchy tunes add up to a pleasant listening experience and create much promise for his future work. (D.B. Harris, 512-693-4327)