2013 Lifetime AchievementHonors -
Texas Music Awards
His name, "Rex," was immortalized in the title of a Townes Van Zandt song, "Rex's Blues," but Townes would never let Wrecks play on the song. He'd always make him sit down or at least lay out while he played it. As many times as Townes played "Rex's Blues" while Wrecks was in his band, Wrecks never played the song with Townes. Whether Townes meant that as an homage or a punishment was never quite clear. Wrecks gets his chance to return the honor or his revenge, however you choose to see it, as he releases "WRECKS' BLUES," the debut album from this Texas legend. On "DOG'S LIFE," Wrecks shows that he can grab us a second time. Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard, and accompanied by some great musicians such as Augie Meyers, Mickey White, MyTexasMusic.com artist Diane Craig, and 1999's Musician of the Year, Gary Ragan (who won the award while in Lucky Boyd's band, The Tollbooth Violators), this CD shines with all the greatness we've come to expect from Wrecks. The first CD was an intimate offering, mostly acoustic, and showing off Bell's fabulous voice. The second disc shows that Wrecks Bell has solidified his place in music history as a true legend with music that can satisfy those with a flair for the commercial, while comforting those who simply want to hear Wrecks being Wrecks. Here's a kicker, all of the songs on both discs were performed using Townes Van Zandt's finger picks, which to this day, are never more than an arm's length from Wrecks. It's hard to listen to these discs and not think of Townes, but it's easy to become a Wrecks Bell fan, and that, my friend, is a cold worth catching. Wrecks has now released the debut offering from The Hemmer Ridge Mountain Boys, who were Townes' band for years. Recorded live at The Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston, this disc reprises the famous pig-latin version of "Redneck Mother." This is a must-buy for Wrecks Bell fans. The newest addition is the J.T. Van Zandt and Wrecks Bell combination CD. The first eight cuts are all J.T. singing favorites from his father's catalogue and three tunes of his own. The disc includes nine cuts from Bell himself. The whole disc was recorded in one take at the famous Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston. If you've ever been to the Old Quarter, listening to this disc will take you right back there, hearing the songs as only that room can allow them to be delivered. Get this disc today for only $13.99!
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