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John Austin Paycheck Tries It Again

John Morthland, The Village Voice, 9 August 1976

JOHN AUSTIN Paycheck bounded onto the stage at the Other End last Wednesday, repeatedly rubbed his belly or tugged at his new beard, talked too fast. These weren't merely the symptoms of the nervous-in-New-York country singer. Paycheck is trying to build a new career. His current single, '11 Months and 29 Days', a prison blues unlike anything else in country music today, is an encouraging first step. But then Johnny Paycheck knows something about building new careers — this is the third time he's done it.

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