Imagine you're a new band all but starting from scratch: struggling to book gigs, pay for studio time, and get your music out to potential fans. Now imagine you're middle-aged, and there are dozens of bands in town jockeying for those same things, except with the advantage of being about ten to 20 years younger than you are.
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In a nutshell, that's the dilemma facing the Dead Links, the striking and relatively recent musical partnership between Ken Sheppard and Scott Ayers. Working in their favor are a pedigree that includes some of Houston's best-remembered alternative bands (those who do remember them, that is), a mysterious modern-rock sound quite unlike any other group in town, and an album Sheppard believes is good enough to win over any skeptics, if only he could figure out the best way for people to hear it.