Wednesday, May 23, 2012

REVIEW: Wess Floyd - Foxhole Confessions

Wess Floyd had an album he wanted to get off his chest.  In fact, he told me that he'd been living with the album for several years.  And now, titled Foxhole Confessions, it is out for the world to judge and he asked me to represent his work to you, the When You Motor Away readers and music jurors.  May it please the court, I will present my client's case to the jury.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what do we have before us?  We have authentic, gritty rock and roll, plus Americana soul, and delivered with a southern accent. It is an honest album that reflects real life, real loves, real tears and real triumphs.  But even with the bad times, Foxhole Confessions does not endeavor to drag down your spirits.  Not in the least.  The stories here burst with the passion to keep going, and the energy to keep going well.

I often eschew live clips when arguing my client's music to the jury, but this is music born to be live (or at least on a car stereo at night with the windows down).  So allow me to introduce as evidence the album track "Hot Headed Rebels", played with the Daisycutters live at The Basement in Nashville (this was recorded at the album release party in December 2011)  --

Here is the album's opening track, "Record Player", live from The Basement in Nashville.  Even when singing about a failed relationship, the song amuses and rocks us.

Wess is a southern Alabama boy, but he's bounced all around the south, and a bit of the west, trying to make it.  There has been a lot of work, and a good share of near misses.  But now the story is on the streets and in our stereos

"Williamsburg Nights" live at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville --

So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is why rock and roll is made, this is why you listen--to hear the raw stories of life spun in a way that entertains us, leads us to bob our heads and move our feet.  To share the moment with friends.  And Foxhole Confessions is a worthy part of that rock and roll fabric. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the only possible life-affirming verdict is "yes".


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