At first, I thought Corb Lund was joking when he told me that he was nominated for this year’s Americana Music Awards Emerging Artist category. Emerging? I asked him what constitutes emerging in his case. “I know,” he responded. “Six records in, right? The new record is the first one that’s had a proper US release. My other ones were available as imports, but the new one is out on a full American label.” Losin’ Lately Gambler has anchored Lund a permanent home on New West Records, giving him a shot at long-deserved recognition south of the border. Some of his heroes are labelmates: Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam are among Lund’s early influences.
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