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Bob Wayne

Bob Wayne

Bad Hombre

People Like You Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Alright, let’s talk about Bob Wayne.  For those unfamiliar, he’s a one of a kind hillbilly country act that revels in his outsider status.  Wayne’s the type of guy that would hunt a possum with a shotgun and choke down every last ounce of lead.  His appeal lies with his brash punk attitude and undeniably off-tune, lively humour.  Everything’s fair game to Wayne and nothing’s sacred.  Drawing upon inspiration lifted from his own checkered past, to tall tales of car chases and border hopping run-ins with the law, Wayne offers an escape from the everyday, and a window into backwoods hillbilly living.

Wayne’s latest full length, Bad Hombre, picks up where Back To The Camper left off.  Opener “Hell Yeah” sets off in an off-key hootenanny, complete with fun loving fiddle work, bursts of banjo, and a trotting, thumping bass grove.  The mid-tempo tune humorously characterizes the regular fallout incurred by Wayne for his various overindulgences.  The track largely characterizes Wayne’s ongoing approach to country songwriting, which actually stands in stark contrast to the frequent use of pedal steel that tends to run through Bad Hombre.  Quite a number of tracks gravitate towards a mellow, washed sunset country vibe.  “Mr. Bandana” and “Still Truckin” in particular lay a relaxed foundation, the former featuring a familiar male-female duet style that fits the rebel-in-a-relationship tale of outlaw affection, and the latter capturing Wayne’s 18 wheeler lone wolf persona.  “Hangin’s Tree” in particular takes advantage of the subdued tempo to explore the mythos of a particular tree serving as the a final destination for noose-bound sinners.

Generally, the more specific and detail oriented Wayne makes his tales, the more engaging and memorable they land.  For instance, “Devil’s Backbone” gives a harsh sense of backwoods desperation incurred by a down-and-out desert community with vivid imagery of “broken fans” and “selling knick knacks for a dollar.”  Likewise, “Working Class Musician” offers a strong sense of Wayne’s personal drive to wake up each morning, fully acknowledging the financial limits of his career options, but reinforcing the conviction of his resolve.  That being said, on the whole Bad Hombre’s lyrical content seems less specific and more thematically influenced than in past outings.  As such, weaker tracks, like “Take Back The USA” and “Fairground In The Sky,” simply pack less of a punch.

All in all, Bob Wayne’s latest full length stacks up well against past efforts.  Bad Hombre doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, but like the sturdy rumble of an eighteen wheeler hauling load upon load, night after night, there’s a certain comfort in such unwavering reliability.  Wayne’s country loving’ humour remains the star of the show, and in that regard, there’s still plenty of fuel left in Bob Wayne’s tank.

Bob Wayne – Still Truckin

Bob WayneCountry-punk Bob Wayne has release details for his next album.  The disc will be titled Bad Hombre and is set to drop this May 5, 2017 via People Like You Records.   

Wayne’s previous full length, Back To The Camper, was released in 2014.

Listen to the new song, “Strill Truckin,” below.

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Bob Wayne Announces New Full Length

Bob WayneCountry-punk Bob Wayne has announced details for his next album.  The disc will be titled Bad Hombre and is set to drop this May via People Like You Records.   

Wayne’s previous full length, Back To The Camper, was released in 2014.

Bob Wayne

Bob Wayne

Hits The Hits

People Like You Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Self proclaimed outlaw carnie Bob Wayne is about as far from the mainstream as you can get.  His dustbowl honky tonk persona comes full of tall tales and rustling twangers that make him truly one of a kind.  Combined with an off kilter sense of humour, you’re never quite sure what type of wrench ol’ Wayne is going to throw in the machine next.  And this time, he’s really tossed in the least likely of additives.  Against all logic, Bob Wayne is taking aim at pop-culture with Hits The Hits, a full cover album of some this generation’s most iconic radio singles.

While the premise will surely conjure a snicker, Wayne mostly finds success in channelling these recognizable rhythms through his country filter for a selection of tunes that are both familiar and surprisingly original.  In some cases, the songs feel so radically altered in pace and tempo that it’s like stepping back in time hearing them for the first time, but in some sort of redneck dominated alternate reality.  Generally, the more “far out” the cover, the more Wayne makes it his own.  

So while the album is full of plenty of classic rock hits like “Rock And Roll” (Led Zeplin), “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns N’ Roses) and “Crazy Train” (Ozzy Osbourne), it’s the oh so out of place moments like Adele’s “Skyfall” that most hit the mark. The song really kicks a little swagger in its step and turns what was once Adele’s vocal masterpiece into an energizing boot stomping romper.  The guitars just scream rustic country showpiece as Wayne’s version of the song takes on a lively guitar thumping life of its own.  Others like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” trot along at their own pace and scaled back tempo in a way that places emphasis on different lyrics than in the original.  Certain words that once took the backseat now stand in the spotlight, revealing insights into songs that you may have already felt that you knew.  The slower tempo in particular brings into focus songs like Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” The Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil.”

When it comes to the healthy dose of classic rock peppering the playlist, Wayne makes some interesting instrumental decisions that pay off.  “Sweet Child Of Mine” in particular replaces the guitar intro with fiddle work that instantly transforms it into a country song.  His laid back, colloquial vocal delivery almost has a conversational quality that capitalizes on the surprisingly emotional content that otherwise gets eclipsed by Axl Rose’s larger than life guitar theatrics.  Generally, the more risks Wayne takes, the more engaging the result (a lack thereof is what makes “Rock And Roll” the lesser of Hits The Hits’ classic rock trio).

Cover albums are always a bit of a gamble (who really wants to hear another version of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”), but with the right amount of humour and country flavour, Bob Wayne makes Hits The Hits a success.  Even with some songs hitting the mark slightly more than others, Wayne has amassed an unlikely playlist with each song bound by his unmistakable brand of outlaw flare.  A fun addition to Wayne’s growing body of work that with the potential to double as a decent starting place for newcomers.

Bob Wayne - Back To The Campe

Bob Wayne

Back To The Camper

People Like You Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Three albums after signing with People Like You Records, southern country punk Bob Wayne continues to make waves with his rambunctious, hell-raising brand of honky tonk tunes. Outlaw Carnie served as the ultimate introduction to Bob’s early work, follow-up Till The Wheels Fall Off served up a second course of hillbilly road kill, familiar tire tracks and all.  While shy of a sophomore label slump, the album didn’t aspire further than the status quo, leading to the question of whether Wayne had hit a creative ceiling.  Well, as confirmed in the release of Bob’s newest release, Back To The Camper, the answer is a big hell no!

This time around Bob not only hits the road in grand fashion with his signature tall tales and rambler’s lifestyle, but he also shows significant growth as a songwriter beyond his typecast form.  Tracks like “Sam Tucker” embody exactly what you signed up for, but those like “20 Miles To Juarez” will have fans looking at Wayne in a new light.  “Sam Tucker” embodies the speed, wit and punked-up twang that Wayne is known for.  The story of searching for the fabled lost stash of an obsessive gold miner that “turned mud into gold” leads listeners down Alabama backwoods and creeks with many a plot twist and plenty of colourful language and laughs to boot.  Sure to become a Bob Wayne classic, fans will have this lively song on repeat for months to come.

But without succumbing to journalistic cliché and claiming that Bob has “matured,” “20 Miles To Jaurez” features a marked ambition and refined conveyance that Wayne hasn’t fully been explored until this point.  Played at a more traditional tempo, Wayne’s band trots along with a combination of steady percussion and remarkably artistic fiddling.  Unlike “Sam Tucker’s” haste there is no sense of urgency, allowing listeners to take in every word of this roughneck tale of star crossed, on the run lovers.  Sharing the mic with a talented female vocalist, the two masterfully trade verses and lines as they share the honors of weaving the story of their by-chance encounter and bonding over a car chase and shootout as they fled to Mexico to escape separate crimes.  The song serves as a powerful emotional statement and a rare treat for Wayne’s fans.  “The River” immediately builds on this wholehearted direction, sneaking in a truly beautiful song about nothing more than the river’s peaceful flow from the mountain to the ocean.  For a guy that’s built his career on shock value and humour, the track marks a formidable risk, but his personification of the river and its many twists and bends is so well written it’s sure to capture the heart and imagination of even the rowdiest roadie.

The rest of the album slides back and forth somewhere between “20 Miles” and “Sam Tucker.”  Tracks like “Dope Train’s” cautionary tale of sweltering eternal damnation (featuring vocals by Red Simpson) and “Evangeline’s” haunting narrative of betrayal and “cursed love” float on in soft and hazy.  Generally these songs flesh out and expand upon the brooding, upright bass-thumping tempo initially explored an album ago in occasional tracks like “Hunger In My Soul.”  Where Bob may have rushed into a gunfight with guns blazing a couple years ago, songs like “Showdown” steady their aim and hit a bull’s-eye.  Wayne even explores elements of jazzy piano solos, taking a deep breath and working suspense into each shootout.

For a guy that once wrote a song entitled “Love Songs Suck,” Back To The Camper is full of surprises and marks Bob Wayne’s most significant career growth.  Rest assured there’s a little something here for everyone.  Fans looking for a taste of a finger flipping lawless Wayne should find comfort in “Sam Tucker,” “Hillbilly Heaven,” “ACAB” and “I Just Got Out,” while those looking for Bob’s next step will find plenty to contemplate in just about everything in between.  With Back To The Camper, Wayne has stepped out of his own typecast shadow and proven than he is far more than just a rebel with a dirty mouth.

Tours: Bob Wayne (UK)

Bob WayneCountry-punk Bob Wayne has announced that he will be heading on tour for a short stint in May.  The western roughneck will be supporting his upcoming full length, Back To The Camper, due out April 21, 2014 via People Like You Records.

Full dates are available below.

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Bob Wayne - Till The Wheels Fall Off

Bob Wayne

Till The Wheels Fall Off

People Like You Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

When we last saw rough n’ tough hillbilly Bob Wayne he had just released his label debut Outlaw Carnie.  There were badass country tunes, declarations of road life, and even tales of supernatural, celebrity ghosts.  Damn was it was awesome.  Barely a year has passed since my introduction, but the prolific Mr. Wayne has wasted no time, returning with his six-string for a new chapter in the appropriately titled lifestyle commentary, Till The Wheels Fall Off.

Right from the title track and album opener, the album picks up where Outlaw Carnie left off, with Wayne reprising his role as a nomadic road scholar.  In fact, the song holds many parallels with its Outlaw Carnie counterpart, ushering in Wayne and his crew with the top down, engine revved, and a big FU to those who may find offense.  Wayne maintains a certain autobiographical delivery, particularly in tracks like “All My Friends.”  But while Wayne previously denounced his habitual narcotic “acquaintances,” here he reminisces about the resulting ecstasy with a cameo from fellow outlaw Hank Williams III, toying with the idea of relapse, or as he puts it, reliving the “good ole days.”

Actually, Wayne dedicates a sizeable portion of the album (six or seven) to touting his don’t-give-a-damn outlaw persona.  Tracks like “Fuck The Law” and “Devil’s Son” serve as declarations of his own hell bent intensions.

And here in lays the album’s only significant flaw: repetition.  While I love Wayne’s attitude and disregard for the status quo, he’s most on his game when looking outward rather than in.  Outlaw Carnie did such a solid job of introducing the Bob Wayne mystique that the most blunt tracks feel like overkill.  Thankfully a few songs, particularly the self-eulogy “Spread My Ashes On The Highway,” find a well-humoured middle ground, but as I’ve always said, Wayne is at his best when spouting off curious observations or weaving tall tales with a stone faced sincerity.  Standouts “Wives Of Three” and “Lyza” exemplify Wayne’s quick wit.  The former takes a tongue-in-cheek twist on today’s radio heartthrobs (think Blake Shelton) with Wayne posing as a polygamist reading an open letter for his mother to love all his wives.  The latter solidifies Wayne as a master storyteller as he spins the edge-of-your-seat tale of a daring heroine’s struggle on the road.  With plenty of atmospheric crescendos and a catchy rhythm, these tracks typify Wayne at his peak.

Till The Wheels Fall Off does a sufficient job of furthering the Bob Wayne lore, but doesn’t ‘wow’ me in the way that Outlaw Carnie did when it blasted onto the scene last year.  Wayne remains a master of channeling his wiry country sense into trail burning country tunes, but is slightly less impactful.  It’s also worth noting that Till The Wheels draws on much more twang than with previous releases, and definitely plays more to the country crowd.  That beings said, it’s the same old Wayne you’ve come to know and love, and his obnoxious attitude shines through on all levels.  So when the dust settles you know this is a ride you’ll want to be sitting shotgun for.

Bob Wayne - Outlaw Carnie

Bob Wayne

Outlaw Carnie

Century Media
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’m a low down, wound up, road bound man, yeah go ahead and chase me sucker, catch me if you can, hope you like the taste of dirt and that ring on my right hand, before you even get to me you’ve gotta get through my whole band!” 

The true mark of a country bad ass, Bob Wayne opens his label debut, Outlaw Carnie, with guns a blazing – even flipping the bird to those that considering themselves prospective fans.  From here, Wayne makes good on his promise to compromise nothing at the expense of a wild tale, no matter how tall or unlikely, and when combined with his years of nomadic travels, makes for a far out, one of a kind – almost autobiographical – country event.

Hailing from the traditions of famous outlaws Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings (he’s been a roadie for Hank III for years), Wayne weaves tales of the road, liberally crossing experience with fiction for some of the most vivid story telling in recent memory.  The album serves as an almost reworked greatest hits package featuring new versions of much of his independent catalogue.  Some of the best writing develops characters like “Mack,” a modern, drug abusing vagrant nomadically crossing America in his eighteen wheeler who, by tale’s end, becomes touted as an outright American hero by the FBI after getting some payback on a double crossing dealer – “the last great American hero,” in fact.  At other times he leads listeners down a bizarre path that Wayne swears on his “pappy’s grave it is the truth,” the most fantastic being “Ghost Town.”  Wayne sings “we got lost, in North Dakota, you know me, I wouldn’t lie, yeah that ghost town tried to kill me, but you ain’t gonna believe who saved our lives,” with the addendum, “hell I don’t even believe you saved out lives.”  After choruses of building tension, and an over the top gambling confrontation, Wayne promises “hold on, you’re about to find out who saved our lives.” I remember the sense of suspense during my first listen, and can safely say without hesitation or spoiling the awesome payoff, that the end is well worth the build up, and that hearing the punch line never gets old.

But Bob Wayne isn’t just about fantastical stories (although those are an amazing draw).  No, Wayne’s success comes from his grounded personality and just how much of his own blood, sweat, and tears go into every note.  While initially seeming like a thick headed tough guy in a trucker hat (i.e. the car chase ruckus “Driven By Demons”) unwilling to break out of his exterior (see “Love Songs Suck”), he briefly lets down his guard for his own version of an origin tale in “Blood To Dust.”  The instrumentally minimalist acoustic heavy song, inspired by a conversation between Wayne and his grandma, tells the story of growing up with an absent father and a by-chance run-in only weeks before his passing from an overdose.  At the risk of damaging my reputation, this song is responsible for some blurry eyesight and dampened sleeves, humanizing Wayne to the point of empathy without invoking pity.  After this point it becomes painfully clear that Outlaw Carnie is Wayne’s triumph, and one of the most honest and intelligent records in music today.

I don’t say this often, but Bob Wayne has crafted an absolute essential listen.  Century Media released the album during this year’s first month, but the disc is unlikely to be challenged by anything like it for the remainder of the year.  This is a rare offering in a tough genre to break into, but with Outlaw Carnie, that’s exactly what Bob Wayne has done in a big way – and I for one can’t wait to hear where Wayne heads next when he hits the sunset in that big ol’ bull horned Cadillac.

Bob Wayne – Lost Vegas

Outlaw Bob Wayne has released a new single from his upcoming fifth studio album.  The track is titled “Lost Vegas” and will appear on the album Till The Wheels Fall Off, which is due out May 22 via People Like You Records / Century Media.

The single can be sampled here.

Bob Wayne – Get There When I Get There

Outlaw Bob Wayne has released a new single from his upcoming fifth studio album.  The track is titled “Get There When I Get There” and will appear on the album Till The Wheels Fall Off, which is due out May 22 via People Like You Records / Century Media.

The single can be sampled here.

   

New Bob Wayne Single Featuring Hank III

Outlaw Bob Wayne has released the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album.  The track is titled “All My Friends” and will appear on the album Till The Wheels Fall Off, which is due out May 22 via People Like You Records / Century Media.   The track features a duet between Wayne and Hank III.  

The single can be sampled here.

   

Bob Wayne Details New Album

Outlaw Bob Wayne has dropped the details for his fifth studio album.  The album will be titled Till The Wheels Fall Off,and is due out May 22 via People Like You Records / Century Media.   Andy Gibson of Hank III is set to reprise his role as producer,  having previously sat in the chair on his previous album, Outlaw Carnies that was released last year.  

Wayne performed two brand new songs recently which can be viewed below.

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Video: Bob Wayne – 2012

Outlaw country man Bob Wayne has released a brand new music video.  The video features the song “2012” from his 2011 Century media Records debut, Outlaw Carnies.

Watch the video below.

Bob Wayne is currently gearing up to record his follow up this month.  Andy Gibson of Hank III is set to reprise his role as producer, having previously sat in the chair on his previous album.  The album is currently aiming for a 2012 relesse via Century Media Records / People Like You Records.

Bob Wayne Plans Next Album For 2012

Outlaw country rocker Bob Wayne has announced that he will be entering the studio in January for his fifth studio album.  Bob made a statement earlier today:

“Well folks, here we go!  It’s been a long haul the last year! Been on the road since October 2010 and it’s now December 2011… and I’m still out here on the road!! But no rest for the wicked!!! As soon as this tour with Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Jay Munly (Slim Cessnas Auto Club) ends I’ll be going immediately to Nashville to begin recording the next album!! It’s gonna be rippin!! See you all next year with a new record in my hand and a big shout out to all that came out and supported!!”  

Andy Gibson of Hank III is set to reprise his role as producer,  having previously sat in the chair on his previous album, Outlaw Carnies that was released earlier this year.  The album is currently aiming for a 2012 relesse via Century Media Records / People Like You Records.

Bob Wayne Streaming New Album; Offers Track by Track Video Analysis

Dark country outfit Bob Wayne is streaming their upcoming album over on their European label’s website. The album is titled Outlaw Carnie, and is scheduled for a January 25, 2011 release via Century Media Records (USA)/People Like You Records (Europe).

In preparation for the upcoming release the band has released a lengthy, in-depth, track-by-track look at their album over on Youtube.

Stream the album over on Facebook here, and check out the album analysis here.