Six guys, two drum kits, two guitars, one bass guitar and four voices … nine songs that ooze the taste of Melbourne’s underground. Like Nick Cave in surround sound, like Crowded House with a few more beers.
Wesley Dennis (born April 24, 1962 in Clanton, Alabama) is an American country music artist. A native of Alabama, .In 1995, he signed to Mercury Nashville Records, releasing a self-titled debut album which was produced by Keith Stegall, who produced for Alan Jackson, and charting three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts ( I don’t know what I’ve been told # 46) ,( Don’t make me feel at home # 51), ( who’s counting # 58 ) that sold over 500,000 copies. He toured with Alan Jackson that same year.
In his careers he also played with Faith Hill, Lorrie Morgan, Clay Walker, Joe Diffie, Terri Clark, Shania Twain, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard, George Jones and more. He just released a new Album called Country Enough that was produced by Greg Cole (Grammy nominated awards). It recently got a 4 out of 5 star review in the Country People Music Magazine. Wesley is keeping his music country to the core. He always looked up to music from Keith Whitley , George Jones, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard to name a few. Wesley is a true Traditional country artist and songwriter. When you hear him sing live, you will feel it directly in your soul. He’s got a lot of great music left in him, and fans everywhere anxiously awaiting his next project. Wesley Dennis will deliver. If you haven’t seen Wesley’s live show, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re there next time he’s in your town.
The songs on “April” set a different tone, as described in the words of singer/songwriter Steve Smith, “The record is really about reconciliation, fresh starts, tearing down walls, and building bridges”. In addition to exploring new lyrical themes, the musical styles on “April” flirt heavily with the type of Americana rock Tom Petty popularized.
1. B.B. King – You Done Lost Your Good Thing
2. John Lee Hooker – Onions
3. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
4. Howlin’ Wolf – Spoonful
5. Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle
6. Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man (From “Casino’)
7. Big Mama Thornton with Kansas Bill and his Orchestra – Hound Dog
8. James Cotton – Don’t Start Me Talkin’
9. Guitar Shorty – We the People
10. Charlie Musselwhite – .38 Special
11. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Mojo Hand
12. Billy Boy Arnold – Whiskey, Beer and Reefer
13. Jimmy Witherspoon – C C Rider
14. Bo Diddley – Road Runner
15. Jimmy Reed – Lets Get Together
A couple of years ago, I got a call from producers Phil Bunch and Franck Balloffet, (known as “Tea”) who at that time were producing “Dreams”, a world music album featuring African musicians and singers. They asked me if I would be interested in adding some Hammond Organ and Fender Rhodes.I thought the tracks were great, and duly added some organ solos and Rhodes accompaniment. Some of these tracks, including “Ibiza”, got a lot of airplay on World Radio. Last year, Phil and Franck asked me if I would be interested in making a Brian Auger album, and, if so, they would prepare some rhythm tracks for me to listen to. I agreed, and out of a dozen or so tracks, six of these immediately triggered vivid pictures for me, as well as melodic and harmonic musical ideas, and lyrics. I have dedicated the last track to my wife and mother of my children, Ella.I want to thank and congratulate Phil and Franck for the constant enthusiasm and musicianship they have demonstrated throughout this project in the drive to make the best music we can. With Phil’s handling of the percussion and keys, and Franck’s great expertise with his guitar textures, and solos, I couldn’t have felt more at home ‘flying free’ on the keys. Special thanks also, to our guests Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter, Julian Coryell, Karma Auger, Savannah Auger, Remi Kabaka and André Manga for their great performances.– Brian Auger – Venice California July 2011