Corb Lund: A good-time cowboy

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Read his song titles and you've got a litany of country touchstones: horses and trucks; gambling and drinking; grandpa's wisdom and straight-up rowdiness.

But give Lund and his band, the Hurtin' Albertans, a listen at Mississippi Studios on Monday, and the good-time perspective is going to shift and deepen.

For instance, the tunes from his surprising 2007 album "Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!" add up to a centuries-spanning song cycle about men, work, war and male identity. Horses figure throughout, a jaunty symbol of bravado bonding the Cossacks to the Confederates to the Americans fighting surreptitiously to aid Nicaragua Contras in the 1980s.

Read the full artcile at The Oregonian.