Joshua Ray Walker from the album Wish You Were Here available on State Fair Records
Sound rises like heat coming off the earth when Joshua Ray Walker opens his recent release Wish You Were Herewith the cut “Canyon”. The track acts as an entry to Wish You Were Herewith the gentle Country sway of Joshua Ray Walker, the story introducing a big man ‘not just in size or in stature’ as he proudly wears his skin claiming ‘I’m a bottomless canyon without a drop to spill’. Wish You Were Hereis a Country-wisdom collection of words from the pen of Joshua Ray Walker, the tales soundtracked with neon and sawdust. The man waking up in “Keep” gets tired of waiting for natural causes to take him home to heaven, getting out of bed by falling on the floor as he pines for lost love, the former lover returning to fill out the back pages for the story as a duet. An accordion hums under the day-to-day lives in “Lot Lizard” while a heavy beat holds a blue-collar tale in “Pale Hands”, gnarly guitar licks lead the charge into “Burn It”, and “Last Call” does its best to pretend that a late-night barroom savors the magic of the moment.
Classic Country is the vehicle that drives the words and music of Joshua Ray Walker, his characters owning the origins of the genre as they present real-life stories, Wish You Were Herestitching flesh and bones on the tales from the Dallas, Texas songwriter. The sonics take a deep breath when Joshua Ray Walker steps into “Trouble” while Tex Mex supports “Love Songs” as Wish You Were Heresings a song for a “Working Girl”.
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