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November 4, 2020


By: Laurie Gallardo

Check out the track featured on today’s AMM, “Gambling Man,” by Houston-based artist Fat Tony, who recently released Exotica on DC label Carpark Records. It’s an age-old tale with modern angles, as Fat Tony captures multiple levels of frustration along the journey – how will the money be made? The hustle is eternal. Ventures blow up, but not in the narrator’s favor. Instead, the blows he’s dealt are the plans, schemes and dreams going awry…or nowhere at all.

Fat Tony describes his latest album as his ode to the art of storytelling through music, but pushes it further with the idea of storytelling as a mode of transportation. “Picture records like The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.,” he says. “Artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, or Bob Marley. Every lyric was carefully considered to make sure we properly conveyed each character’s narrative and motivations. I wanted to create a world of unique stories with room for each to be interpreted in distinct ways.”

You have an opportunity to see Fat Tony perform this Friday night, November 6, at The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave., with a line-up featuring Deezie Brown and Nayome. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Table seating only, and masks are required.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


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