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Thursday To-Do: Adam Carroll and Owen Temple

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ADAM CARROLL AND OWEN TEMPLE
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Here's an idea that's got legs. Singer/songwriters Adam Carroll, a San Marcos, Texas, native who's a tavern regular, and Owen Temple, from Austin, Texas, come to town to pay tribute to the songs of Gary Floater. You know, Gary Floater, that great country songwriter, long overlooked? The man behind songs like “A Hero Never Learns,” “Stand Back Boys I'm Fixing to Care” and “That's When the Eagle Screams”? Not ringing any bells? That might be because Floater's a fictional creation of Carroll and Temple aimed at poking fun at contemporary Nashville and all the cliches and jingoism and faux-folksiness it wallows in. It's sharp satire, with no hint of self-righteousness, but moreover, it's really, really funny. Temple, in a John Anderson-style voice of country gravitas, sings lyrics like “It's a sticky situation for ol' Jacques and Pierre/Maple syrup can't stop eagles when they're flying through the air/You can keep your ol' bacon, you can have your natural gas/Look out you old maple leaf, you can kiss this eagle's ass!” And everyone raises his beer high.

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