©2002 Independently Released
Review by Lucky Boyd
J.W. Weir has released a home-grown slimline CDR
packed with thirteen nothing-but-fun tunes designed to give you perma-grin.
“BLUEWATER HIGHWAY” is the disc, and you’ll enjoy Texas sized entertainment
with a Jimmy Buffett influence, but this is not canned island funk. The
songs are well written, and the disc is a comfortable listen.
“Dream-A-Thon” showcases Mike Sumler on keys, and features Carolyn
Wonderland chiming in the background vocals. Perhaps the most Buffett-esque
tunes are “Tequila Party Time” and “The Carnival Of Love” but the bulk of
the disc is a Texas slanted coastal party in a box. “Beer Monster” is more
of a honky-tonk anthem, and there are a couple of heartfelt ballads. Weir
pens all thirteen cuts, but arguably the best is “Trophy Man” as J.W. uses
the multi-sided metaphor to send a deeper message that sometimes life
imitates fishing. It almost cries out for the unwritten verse about a
bar-hopping womanizer on the prowl. This 2002 home-burn probably won’t
collect a Grammy for production, but the songs are solid, and the disc
sounds good, avoiding many of the typical debut pitfalls. If you’re a fan
of well-written coastal songs, this is a good purchase. I kept it in my
player for an extra day, and that’s rare. Get your copy today!