Reckless Johnny Wales (from the album Runaway Train of Thought)
Coming to rest long enough to tell its tale, Runaway Train of Thought, the recent release from Reckless Johnny Wales, unloads a baker’s dozen tunes, its sound taking varied lines of meandering Folk Country Blues (“Let It Storm”), roadhouse rockabilly (“Because I Love That Woman”). Reckless Johnny Wales ruminates on life’s Roadblocks the gut bucket rhythms of “It’s Not the Money” as Runaway Train of Thought slips and slides over “Cool, Not Unusual Punishment” and doses an outlaw tale with psychedelia for “Mama Scared the Hell into Me”.
Every legend needs a setting to stage its opening act. The back story for Reckless Johnny Wales began in the Boston suburb of Dorchester, Massachusetts, soundtracked by the rhythms of Folk Rock and receiving an education from protest songs. Viet Nam era draft picks put a younger Reckless in the Navy for three years, depositing him in San Francisco’s Summer of Love. Reckless Johnny Wales landed on Nashville’s Music Row in 1980, eventually working for Warner Brothers as Senior VP of Promotions, helping in the careers of Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Faith Hill among others. Gazing out the window at the passing population, Reckless Johnny Wales as engineer details his observations, using the hard rhythm of the rails to define the beat and accent the warning of “The War Will Come to You” and filling “Pipe Dreams” with political rambles over a rhythm rumble as Runaway Train of Thought looks down the tracks for the light of a brand new day in “She Said, He Said”.
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