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The album wasn’t supposed to be a tribute. It certainly wasn’t supposed to be a goodbye. Corners, the sophomore release from Dallas band Bastards of Soul, was planned as a coming-out party for an outfit that worked hard to take itself seriously, to sweat every detail of every song. Over five years, the good-time bar band had grown into a well-oiled R&B machine and a platform for five guys to write and perform some killer original tracks. “Everybody was getting better,” says bassist Danny Balis. “Everybody’s songwriting was improving.” Chadwick Murray, the nimble singer who had never before fronted a band and could bring to mind Otis Redding one minute, Bobby Womack the next, had taken the biggest leap of all. “When he went out…

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