1972, Nebraska, USA. This US singer-songwriter grew up in Nebraska but spent much of his teenage life following his father from state to state on military assignments. Rouse, who played in both high school orchestras and punk bands, studied at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee before resuming his itinerant wanderings. He finally settled in Nashville in the mid-90s where his music career began to take a more coherent shape.
Rouses 1998 debut Dressed Up Like Nebraska was recorded with engineer and cellist David Henry and released by the Slow River subsidiary of Rykodisc Records. The albums rootsy folk rock provided the perfect backing for Rouses carefully observed vignettes of everyday life, and earned acclaim on the roots and alt country scene. The following year Rouse collaborated with Lambchops Kurt Wagner on the six-track EP Chester, providing the music for Wagners typically oblique lyrics. His second...
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