Picks and Pans Review: I Ain't Honky Tonkin' No More

updated 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Joe Sun

How many honky-tonks can there be in Rochester, Minn.? No matter. Since he grew up there, Sun, 35, has been around—Key West, Madison, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville—and worked as a disc jockey, record promoter and music store clerk before cutting his first record in 1977. His husky voice sounds appropriately worn and torn. He sometimes growls like Hoyt Axton and screeches like Joe Cocker, but Sun has a way with country blues, especially Gary Scruggs' Stepping Out Blues. The only mystery is why he chose to record the zillionth version of Lawton Williams' Nashville standard Fraulein.

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