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John Dillon: Press

Roots Rock brings with it a special kind of significance when it is being played by a heartland rocker.

While most Midwestern rock fans define their tastes almost as a rejection of where they're from (yearning for the escapist, the sophisticated, the urban, the European); those who lean toward country wear their trailer court/Pizza Hut section road heritage like a badge of honor. Omaha native John Dillon is a good example. In fact, he's a special case. Comfortable with the big gesture, comfortable at all times at even sounding a bit hokey, Dillon could care less about urban sophistication. Sure, he mixes the The Blasters, The Clash and his own X-like "Situation Song" into his set, but his greatest songwriting achievements lie in big, bold melodies and simple, direct lyrics, as on the haunting "San Antone," and the veritable anthem "Annie, Get Your Gun."

Danny Alexander - The Pitch-Kansas City