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Texas cowpunk in the '80s? It's more rank and file than you think



Hopefully you will be able to take advantage of the upcoming three-day weekend, but some will have to work. For those working this weekend, we salute you as you take your place in the rank and file with Rank and File.

Rank and File is a Texas cowpunk band started by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman. In 1982, Rank and File released their debut album Sundown with the lead single/video that was the same name as their band name.

The video for Rank and File covers a lot of ground from horse riding to sympathizing with the working class of waitresses and construction workers. Video highlights includes Tony's huge black cowboy hat and some glimpses of guitarist Alejandro Escovedo in a bright orange shirt. Rank and File would call it quits in 1987, however Escovedo has become a rock fixture in the Southwest, releasing over a dozen albums in the past 25 years. Despite only being six years older, Escovedo is the uncle of Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life) as his brother is famous percussionist Pete Escovedo, who is Sheila Escovedo's dad.



[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:18pm]


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