Dewey Wayne
©2009 Fyala Records
Review by Lucky Boyd

Dewey Wayne is poised to become the next household name in Texas country music.  His writing is diverse within the genre, ranging from formula strict tracks to country comedy, to country rock and alternative country offerings.  Expert writing at every turn, Wayne turns in eleven noteworthy performances including something you just must hear after the last track.  Wayne performs a very nice love song with “Live This Life With Me” that could quickly become a wedding-favorite first dance tune.  (After writing this, I learned that Wayne performed this song for the first time at his own wedding.  See…told ya.)  Although masterful in every respect, Wayne may shine best on his faster, lyrically complex compositions.  As an example, “The Fyffe Alabama UFO Blues” is delivered in the style of the classic ‘Uneasy Rider’ and Wayne pulls it off.  It’s well-written and well-phrased, and there are a couple of lines that will leave you with no choice but to laugh out loud.  There’s even a real festival each year in Fyffe county to commemorate an inordinate amount of UFO sightings in 1989.  “Songs About Drinkin” pokes a little fun at all those drinkin’ tunes that are a country music standard.  It’s a name-dropping ditty that is quite catchy from start to finish.  Wayne has assembled an a-list of pickers including two-time Texas Music Awards Musician of the Year, Big John Mills.  The stellar list continues with Tommy Detamore, Bobby Flores, and a host of other names you would recognize.  Wayne pens the entire lot, and there’s not a single filler on board.  Wayne and Detamore produce the release and do so in top notch fashion.  The album is a great listen from top to bottom including the obvious crowd favorite, “I Reckon.”  The most artistic cut is the final cut, which includes the aforementioned special after the song.  “True Country Music” anthems what we wish country music could still be, but has become, wrapped in the stories of those who insist on living their lives like a country song.  The title cut is a Waylon influenced dance tune with a heart-pumping cut time ride in the middle that will enthrall any serious two-steppers.  Once you get this disc in your player, it’s destined to stay awhile.  Though influenced heavily by a particular style of bluegrass made popular in Alabama, Dewey Wayne is now the next big thing in Texas country. You might as well get two copies.  You know how your thievin’ friends are.