Seminal '80s country-punks repackaged

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The Long Ryders – The Best Of The Long Ryders

Twenty years ago, the likes of The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams used to open for The Long Ryders, then leaders of LA’s “Paisley Underground”, and their shotgun marriage of punk and country paved the way for much of what’s happened since. Tracks such as “Gunslinger Man” and “Looking For Lewis And Clark” are pure Strummer-meets-Haggard, while “Lights Of Downtown” and “I Had A Dream” demonstrate their debt to the Byrds/Burritos legacy. No depression, indeed.