Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 29, 2014

Miss Devon & The Outlaw swing into Songbird for two final shows

It’s like the tornadoes of May 2013 revisited Cleburne on Friday, only this time in the form of a Western swing duo paying a visit from Cowtown.

“I’m old, I’m ugly,” joked Jessie Robertson, aka the Outlaw half of Miss Devon & The Outlaw.

“Quit that, you’re cute and cuddly,” retorted Devon Dawson, better known as Miss Devon.

Between the back and forth, one liners and detours into unrelated ephemera, it soon becomes obvious that any attempt to conduct a straight, concise interview with the musical couple is largely a lost cause. 

But they’re sure a hoot to listen to as they sidetrack from linear conversation with abandon and occasionally even toss in a straight answer just to further confuse matters.

It’s the couple’s barely contained excitement of music and performing and what an upbeat brand of fun that is.

“It’s more fun than putting socks on a rooster,” Dawson said. “Swing is so upbeat.”

Both have won awards and recognitions aplenty. Dawson snagged a Grammy for her work on the “Woody’s Roundup” CD singing the voice of Jessie from “Toy Story 2,” and was recognized by the Academy of Western Artists as female performer of the year in 2009. 

Together the couple have won the Western Music Association’s Harmony Duo competition and other accolades.

Both said they’ve fallen in love with Songbird Live, having played there the past two weekends and returning for two final shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15.

“Love this room,” Dawson said of Songbird. “Just a cool intimate listening audience.”

The couple began performing as a duo in 2007.

“I told Miss Devon ‘You’ve finally found someone who can keep up with you.’” Robertson said.

Meeting Dawson couldn’t have happened at a better time, Robertson said.

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