Will Sexton and Charlie Faye (Wine & Nut Revival)
Catfish Concert Series
Sunday, November 10
In 2010, Charlie Faye created an unconventional 10-month, 10-city residency tour. Instead of landing in a city, playing a show, and taking off the next day, Charlie spent a full month actually getting to know the people and personality of each place she made her home. Traveling alone, Charlie put together a new band in every city. Playing and hanging out with musicians in each town gave Charlie a really unique perspective on our national music culture, and it also gave her 10 local bands to play with all across the country. Charlie wrote and recorded a new song with local musicians each month. Her Travels with Charlie record includes members of Calexico, the Eagles, and Navarro, as well as Tony Gilkyson, Paul Bryan, Ian Moore, Chris Scruggs, Kenny Vaughan, Buddy Spicher, and Malcolm Burn.
Charlie's newest release, You Were Fine, You Weren't Even Lonely, was recorded in L.A. with Jay Bellerose and Jen Condos (Ray LaMontagne, Sam Philips). Now, when Charlie isn't employing her local bands, she'll play solo, plugging her guitar into a 70's Califone record player that functions as an amp. In place of a live band, she'll spin just Bellerose and Condos' drum and bass parts on a record behind her, and groove with her favorite rhythm section on vinyl.
In addition to all her travels, Charlie has become one of Austin's most recognized music community organizers. A front-page story in the Austin American Statesman outlined Charlie's efforts to save a musicians' enclave of cottages in South Austin. Charlie's history also includes touring as a sideman with Dan Zanes and Greg Garing, as well as playing alongside many others, including Natalie Merchant, Bettysoo, and Will Sexton.
Will Sexton, whose writing credits range from work with Waylon Jennings and Stephen Stills to Joe Ely and Bill Carter, is shaped by the unique diversity of the Austin music scene. Fate and his own sheer talent placed him on stage with local legends before he'd lived out his first decade. Will and his big brother, Charlie, started playing together at the Continental Club when Will was 9 and Charlie was 11. Many of the sounds of his childhood still resonate in his current work. Will received early success in Austin and was signed by MCA at age 16. He has survived in the tough Austin music scene by playing gigs with a variety of notable artists. It is never unusual to go out to catch a show featuring an Austin singer/songwriter and see Will onstage.
Will's credits as producer and songwriter range from collaborations with Waylon Jennings to psychedelic pioneer Roky Erikson to Steve Earle and punk legend Johnny Thunders. Will has written for MCA and Almo Irving and recorded for MCA, A&M, and Zoo Entertainment. Will was in the New Folk Underground with David Baerwald, which resulted in the co-produced (w/ David Kitay) Lost Highway release Here Comes the New Folk Underground. Will names Terry Allen and Sheryl Crow hitmaker David Baerwald among his favorite writing partners. 2009 marked the completion of new production credits, including Randy Weeks' Going My Way, and Ruby James' CD, Happy Now, co-produced with his brother Charlie Sexton. Will also enjoys performing with Charlie Faye, Sahara Smith, and Shannon McNally.
Will has amassed an impressive collection of songs over the years, releasing his first independent album, Scenes From Nowhere, in 2001, which received a four-star review and was honored in the Top 5 Releases of 2001 by the Austin American-Statesman. Bus Stop Gossip, a previously unreleased recording from 2004, was unearthed and released in 2009 and was followed up by Move the Balance in 2010.
Things came to a temporary halt in December 2009 when Will suffered a mild stroke. Though he had a remarkable recovery, he was unable to remember much of the music he had written and played almost daily as a working musician. For him to be unable to connect with those songs mentally since the stroke was a setback few musicians could even imagine. The Austin music community has always been known for taking care of its own and came out in full force for a music benefit in honor of one of Austin's golden sons to raise money for Will's living expenses and medical bills.
While Will was working through the recovery process, Move The Balance was released two months later without much notice and to very little fanfare. This is an album not to be overlooked. It includes eleven new songs recorded by Mark Hallman and Andre Moran in twenty-two hours at Congress House studios in South Austin. Musicians on the CD include Will Sexton on vocals, guitar and bass, Mike Thompson on piano, guitar and trombone, Bukka Allen on B3 and accordion, Dony Wynn on drums and percussion, Ray Bonneville on harmonica, and Bill Carter on additional bass. Additional guest vocals were provided by Mark Hallman, Ruby "Red" James, Charlie Faye and Nöelle Hampton.
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1507-B Rockdale Circle
Austin, TX 78704
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