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James "Slim" Hand

Though he's been making original Country music for over forty years, until recently James Hand had unjustly remained one of American music's secret treasures -- a local legend in Texas, modestly plying his craft in countless smoky dives and dancehalls to a slowly widening circle of admirers. What he does, he does straight from his heart, taking the hard-won lessons that life and love have taught him and pouring them into his songwriting and performing. He sings like nobody but himself, his phrasing drawing out the pain and humor of his lyrics with an unpredictable yet soulful series of tiny inflections. His songs are equally mysterious and unclassifiable. While they are noticeably rich with the influences of his heroes -- classic country architects like Hank, Lefty, and Ernest – Mr.

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James 7/6/08: James "Slim" Hand

Over the past 40 years, this country music artist has been plying his craft in countless smoky dives and dance halls. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this year celebrating Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon; 50 years of NASA; and the music, food, and wine of Texas.

James "Slim" Hand

Over the past 40 years, this country music artist has been plying his craft in countless smoky dives and dance halls. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this year celebrating Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon; 50 years of NASA; and the music, food, and wine of Texas.

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