Big Red

Once again, Kevin Dehan taps into a spirit of simple, natural beauty on Cactus Lee’s latest.

AMM June 5 2024

Cactus Lee, Thursday night at Sagebrush, with Paige Plaisance .

Call it country, or folk if you prefer, though there’s more going on with Cactus Lee than a single genre, an extra heartfelt spark that makes an album like Big Red an enduring soundtrack.

Kevin Dehan is the Houston-born, Austin-based songwriter who crafts this meditative and timeless musical journey, and like previous LPs Caravan and Perfect Middle Hall, there’s something so striking about Dehan’s beautiful poetic simplicity that makes it magical. Texas music, and perhaps too, its endless landscapes, feed Dehan’s soul, especially rhythm piano legend Marcia Ball, and treasures like Jerry Jeff Walker and Doug Sahm.

Feed thine own soul when you see Cactus Lee tomorrow night, Thursday June 6, at Sagebrush. The ever fabulous Paige Plaisance unleashes some divine swampy-tonk twang at 8 p.m., followed by Cactus Lee at 10 p.m.

Paige Plaisance – “Good Time Girl”
Cactus Lee – Big Red.

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