“Remember, now, this isn’t your parents’ country music,” said Mike Stinson once on TV’s “Honky Tonk Happy Hour.” He added, deadpan: “It’s your grandparents’ country music.”
Stinson is most famous for writing the old Dwight Yoakam hit “The Late Great Golden State.” He is his own man now, having moved from Los Angeles to Houston. And talk about old-fashioned country: His songs show him to be as good as his word. They include “Square With the World,” about how a man hopes to leave this earth; and the harder-driving, funny “Late For My Funeral.” Don’t try to get him to change with the times. As the write-up on the Sportsmen’s Tavern website puts it, “Anyone who knows Mike Stinson knows he’s a stubborn cuss.”
His latest album is called “Jukebox In Your Heart.” It’s a worthy follow-up, they say, to previous albums “Jack of All Heartache,” “Hell and Half of Georgia” and “Last Fool At the Bar.” Stinson’s band rolls into the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $5 at the door. For info, call 874-7734.
– Mary Kunz Goldman