Joshua Ray Walker

Joshua Ray Walker

Med sitt tredje album "See You Next Time" etablerar sig Dallas-baserade sångaren och låtskrivaren Joshua Ray Walker som en vår tids mest intressanta country-artister. I sann Texas-tradition blandar han och ger. Det är traditionell honky tonk country, western swing, soul, blues och lite till under en och samma hatt. Och det fungerar tack vare att själva fundamentet, det vill säga Joshua Ray Walkers låtar, är urstarkt. Missa inte Joshau Ray Walker när han du återkommer till Sverige efter ett långt pandemiuppehåll!

ON HIS NEW ALBUM SEE YOU NEXT TIME, TEXAS-BRED SINGER/SONGWRITER JOSHUA RAY WALKER SHARES AN IMAGINED YET TRUTHFUL PORTRAIT OF A BROKEDOWN HONKY-TONK AND THE MISFITS WHO CALL IT HOME: BARFLIES AND WANNABE COWBOYS, BLEARY-EYED DREAMERS AND HOPELESSLY LOST SOULS. HIS THIRD FULL-LENGTH IN THREE YEARS, THE ALBUM MARKS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT IN A TRILOGY THAT ORIGINATED WITH WALKER'S GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED 2019 DEBUT WISH YOU WERE HERE AND ITS EQUALLY LAUDED FOLLOW-UP GLAD YOU MADE IT (THE #5 ENTRY ON ROLLING STONE'S BEST COUNTRY AND AMERICANA ALBUMS OF 2020 LIST).
"THE WHOLE IDEA WITH THE TRILOGY WAS TO USE THE HONKY-TONK AS A SETTING WHERE ALL THESE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS COULD INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER," SAYS WALKER, WHO DREW IMMENSE INSPIRATION FROM THE LOCAL DIVE BARS HE FIRST STARTED SNEAKING INTO AND GIGGING AT AS A TEENAGER GROWING UP IN EAST DALLAS. "IN MY MIND, THIS ALBUM'S TAKING PLACE ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BAR CLOSES FOREVER—THE SONGS ARE JUST ME TAKING SNAPSHOTS OF THAT WORLD, AND ALL THE MOMENTS THAT HAPPEN IN IT."

LIKE ITS PREDECESSORS, SEE YOU NEXT TIME CAME TO LIFE AT AUDIO DALLAS RECORDING STUDIO WITH PRODUCER JOHN PEDIGO AND A FIRST-RATE LINEUP OF MUSICIANS, INCLUDING THE LIKES OF PEDAL-STEEL PLAYER ADAM "DITCH" KURTZ AND RHYTHM GUITARIST NATHAN MONGOL WELLS OF OTTOMAN TURKS (THE COUNTRY-PUNK OUTFIT FOR WHICH WALKER SIDELINES AS LEAD GUITARIST). THE ALBUM'S IMMACULATELY CRAFTED BUT TIMELESSLY VITAL SOUND PROVIDES A PRIME BACKDROP FOR WALKER'S STORYTELLING, AN ELEMENT THAT ENDLESSLY BLURS THE LINES BETWEEN FABLE-LIKE FICTION AND PERSONAL REVELATION. "I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO THAT WRITING FROM A CHARACTER'S PERSPECTIVE LETS ME EXAMINE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF WITHOUT EVER FEELING TOO SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT IT," HE POINTS OUT. CLOSELY INFORMED BY THE TREMENDOUS LOSS HE'S SUFFERED IN RECENT YEARS, SEE YOU NEXT TIME EMERGES AS THE MOST POWERFUL WORK TO DATE FROM AN EXTRAORDINARILY GIFTED SONGWRITER, IMBUED WITH EQUAL PARTS WEARY PRAGMATISM AND THE KIND OF UNABASHEDLY ROMANTIC SPIRIT THAT DEFIES ALL CYNICISM.

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