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08 Jul 10 Shy Blakeman Pays Tribute to a Cosmic Cowboy

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Austin, TX — Shy Blakeman, the Country/blues/Southern rock artist currently touring the Lone Star state behind his latest album, LONG DISTANCE MAN (Winding Road Music, March 2010), describes the second single released to radio, legendary Austin singer-songwriter Rusty Wier’s “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” as a heartfelt tribute to the Cosmic Cowboy.
Says Blakeman: “I had never heard a song so completely capture my hopes and dreams like that before. That song had such an impact on me it became the anthem for my life and Rusty the inspiration for my craft.”
Blakeman, who spent Memorial Day Weekend in Nashville, where he opened the Rockin’ Through the Rain Music Festival benefit for flood victims, and is spending July criss-crossing Texas, credits Wier with some of the moves he uses onstage and the gentle blurring of genre lines in his

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“But the best lesson I ever received from Rusty,” says Blakeman, “was his true talent. Rusty knew how to connect with his fans. Onstage he would immerse you in his universe of poetic verse and melody. You didn’t just believe the stories Rusty Wier sang, you felt every word.
“Offstage he took the time to get to know every fan,” he continues. “Because in his wisdom he knew what many of us lose as young artists, what’s really important about what we do: We touch people. He touched people; he changed my life.”
Blakeman — whose passion for entertaining translates into every one of his performances and whose LONG DISTANCE MAN cements what’s become his trademark: a great lyric sung with heart and soul — has garnered a fan base with chart-climbing hits from his previous albums. “… The new album [is] one absolute winner, each song a hit,” says “There’s too much to write in one setting about this CD. Just go out and get it.”
The Texas tour includes shows at:
July 14, Overtime Sports Bar & Grill, Burleson
July 15, Fat Daddy’s, Waxahachie
July 16, Lakeside Icehouse, Bryan
July 17, Scooter’s Dancehall, Moulton
July 24, Rattlesnake Junction, Waco
July 25, The Railhead BBQ, Aledo
July 28, The Levee, Longview
July 29, Poor David’s Pub, Dallas
July 30, The White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth
“In the grand scheme,” Blakeman concludes, “I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Wier only a short time. But I cherish every second … I don’t know if Rusty ever knew how closely I watched him as a performer, how much I listened to him as a songwriter or how much I modeled myself after him as an artist. … That’s how I pay homage. That’s how I humbly try to keep the legend that is Rusty Wier alive.”
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