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Showing posts with label Boy Wells. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boy Wells. Show all posts

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Marcel Marsupial Records artist: Boy Wells - Blue Skies Calling - New Release Review


I just received the new recording from Boy Wells called "Blue Skies Calling". I have to admit I was unaware of Wells until he was called to my attention only a few months ago. The recording starts out with a horn driven song that you'd never expect.... I mean if you like that jam groove with sax and trumpet with guitar overlay...you'll love this. The recording continues with a more southern rock tune with the slide guitar and harp blazing. The third track, "Bring it Back" is a stand out track with great horns, vocals and guitar. The recording progresses into a jazzy blues on the fourth track but then makes an abrupt turn on the title track for more of a southern country ballad (a'la Dickey Betts). On the 6th track, Love in Vain" which we previewed in our previous post for the announcement of this cd, Wells conjures up the environment of a smokey 50's blues ballad with the screaming horns, and screaming guitars that is likely to please anyone who listens. The recording then returns to more of a ballad driven tune that could easily have been penned by JJ Cale again with strong guitar support.A continuation of the southern rock sound with the twin guitar leads and solid vocals. Tova, an acoustic instrumental is a nice break near the end of the cd folowed by Devils Backbone Blues which is pretty much a raw blues tune with voice, tambourine and resonator (possibly one of the best tunes on the cd. "Tin Winter" is pure bluegrass and a lot of fun. The recording is concluded with "Traveller" which is another bluegrass type tune. Overall this recording takes you on a pretty nice audible journey through America. Enjoy the ride. I do have to say as a separate comment, he can really play. This cd touches on most every genre a man would likely hear growing up in southern Maryland. Wells like many others boys his age at the time were drawn to the guitar by the likes of Duane Allman. He met guitar legend Danny Gatton when he was in his teens and they became friends ... Wells taking guitar lessons and learning about hot rods...another of Gatton's passions. Wells is joined on this recording by John Prevetti on bass (Danny Gatton), Bruce Crump on drums (Molly Hatchett), Rickie Simkins on violin and mandolin (Emmylou Harris) among others. Also included on this recording is an unbelievable extra... a recording of a 1 hour guitar lesson between Wells and Gatton. This is worth half the price of admission itself. If you don't know Gatton...check my library. That man was a terrific showman and guitar player!
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03 - Boy Wells - Bring It Back.mp3

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Boy Wells Audio clip - Love In Vain


One of our viewers volunteered this audio clip of Boy Wells to supliment the video posted earlier. I am still working on getting a video!

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06 - Boy Wells - Love In Vain.mp3

Friday, October 28, 2011

Guitarist Boy Wells, and friends finding Marcel Marsupial


Blue Skies Calling introduces undiscovered guitar treasure and musical master Boy Wells, a veteran of the rooted Southern rock scene in the geographical and multi-stylistic pocket around the nation’s Capital, now residing in the artistically fertile hills of Central Texas. The album is a harmonic and sonic as well as personal and spiritual journey through the musical tradition at the heart of the American roots idoim that bloomed below the Mason-Dixon line. With the guitar of Boy Wells as the guide, Blue Skies Calling travels through blues, rock’n’roll, country, bluegrass, jazz and more to reveal a rare and brilliant instrumentalist, songwriter and singer steeped in the musical real deal. A friend and protégé of the late, great guitar legend Danny Gatton, Wells made his bones with countless gigs, many road miles and uncounted hours in the studio, and now steps into the spotlight to share all that he knows and feels about music and life as well as his instrumental prowess, touch and emotive power.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

GUITARIST/SINGER BOY WELLS HEARS BLUES SKIES CALLINGON NEW CD COMING NOVEMBER 22



GUITARIST/SINGER BOY WELLS HEARS BLUES SKIES CALLING
ON NEW CD COMING NOVEMBER 22
MASTERFUL PLAYER’S ALBUM SHOWCASES HIS BLUES, ROCK, COUNTRY AND FUNK ROOTS; INCLUDES BONUS CD-ROM OF LATE ‘70S WELLS GUITAR LESSON WITH THE LEGENDARY DANNY GATTON
WIMBERLEY, TX – Guitarist/singer Boy Wells announces the November 22 release of his debut CD, Blue Skies Calling, featuring a dozen original songs on his own Marcel Marsupial Records. The album will be available at CDBaby, iTunes and other fine outlets.
Blue Skies Calling introduces music fans to a largely undiscovered stellar guitarist and musical master in Boy Wells. Wells is a veteran of the southern rock scene that was rooted in the geographical and multi-stylistic pocket around the nation’s capital, who now resides in the artistically fertile hills of Central Texas. The new CD is a harmonic and sonic - as well as personal and spiritual - journey through the musical tradition at the heart of the American roots idiom that bloomed below the Mason-Dixon Line. With the guitar of Boy Wells as the guide, Blue Skies Calling travels through blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass, jazz and more to reveal a rare and brilliant instrumentalist, songwriter and singer steeped in the musical real deal. A friend and protégé of the late, great guitar legend Danny Gatton, Wells made his bones with countless gigs, many road miles and uncounted hours in the studio, and now steps into the spotlight to share all that he knows and feels about music and life as well as his instrumental prowess, touch and emotive power.
The new album was recorded by Dave Hanbury at House of Jam Recording in Beltsville, Maryland, and features Boy Wells on vocals, lead, slide and acoustic guitar, joined by a cast of stellar musicians, including former Danny Gatton bassist John Prevetti, drummer Bruce Crump (Molly Hatchet) and Rickie Simpkins on violin and mandolin, whose credits include work with Emmylou Harris. Other players include Andy Hamburger on drums, Bill Watson on saxes, Brian Simms on keyboards, Jimi Lee on harmonica, Brad Clements on trumpet and Becky Taylor on banjo.
A special bonus on the Blue Skies Calling CD is the inclusion of a CD-ROM featuring a one-hour guitar lesson given to Wells by Danny Gatton. “I played a 1955 Les Paul of Danny’s for over 20 years,” says Boy Wells. “Danny called me before he died and asked me to put a vocal tape together for his label at the time. He needed a singer after his singer, Billy Windsor, had passed. He remained a friend, a good one all those years. This lesson was in the late ‘70s; it’s me and Danny in the living room of his house on Holly Lane in Indian Head, Maryland. It’s killer stuff.”
The music on Blues Skies Calling covers a wide palette of colors from American music. Whether it’s the New Orleans funk/jazz opener, “Mr. Coluzzi;” the blasting blues of “World Weary and Blue,” “Love In Vain” and “Devil’s Backbone Blues;” the southern rock of “Bring It Back,” “Broke Down,” “Mon Angel” and the title track; the improvisational instrumentals, “Marcel Marsupial” and “Tova;” or the two closing bluegrass/country-flavored tracks, “Tin Winter” and “Traveller,” Boy Wells takes the listener on a beautiful musical journey, accented by his tasteful and masterful guitar work.
The distinctive artwork on the CD is by Texas artist Scott Wade, best-known for his amazing “dirty car art,” which has earned him a place in Ripley’s Believe It or Not
(www.dirtycarart.com). And by the way, that’s Boy Wells’ hand on the cover, the product of a broken pinky earned while playing baseball as a kid. “When I started playing guitar, it was a great asset because of how it jutted out. It was naturally set for guitar playing,” says Wells.
Boy Wells started playing guitar at the age of 16 when he heard a Duane Allman solo on The Allman Brothers Band classic, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” “Before that, I never even considered playing guitar,” he remembers. “I was stunned by the guitar; it seemed to ‘speak’ on a spiritual level to me. I've been playing ever since that day.
“I grew up in the same area Danny Gatton was from in southern Maryland. I met Danny when I was around 17 after a friend of his heard me cranking an amp outside one day and introduced me to Gatton. He became a mentor to me and gave me many lessons, advice, rides in old cars, guitar repair gigs, old car parts etc. - you name it.”
Boy Wells started playing professionally in the Washington, DC, area in the late ‘70s, working the country bars on U.S. Route 1 in Virginia and Maryland. He hit a few early high notes opening for the likes of Maybelle Carter, the Osborne Brothers and Billy Joe Shaver. Moving into more blues and southern rock into the early 80s, Wells started a band called Blue Southern and played DC clubs like Danny Gatton’s Beneath It All, The Crazy Horse and Desperadoes, when the country rock and southern blues scene was vibrant in the DC area and outward. For several years during that time, he played at the annual 4th of July big celebration shows on the Washington Monument grounds, opening for artists such as The Beach Boys, The Ventures and others.
During the mid to late ‘80s, he played in a modern rock band and after that, in the early ‘90s, Wells played in an Allman Brothers tribute band - Southern Legend - with former Molly Hatchet drummer Bruce Crump, while also playing in several other blues bands throughout Virginia and the South.
After tragedy struck his family and he lost both his son and daughter, Boy Wells moved to a town outside of Austin in 2006 and started playing the clubs in Austin and that entire region of Texas. After a bout with Meniere’s Disease (a debilitating disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance), which laid him up for literally a couple of years, Boy Wells got back into writing and recording, which became the genesis for the release of Blue Skies Calling.