Again, yet another stellar video from Shaker Steps. This time, folk singer-songwriter Wes Tirey met up with the guys at Waveland in Lexington, Kentucky. An antebellum house with original slave quarters, smokehouse, and ice house, this historic site is the perfect backdrop for the rustic and somber tone of Tirey’s song. An intimate and raw performance, “Master, Master” captures the true identity of Wes Tirey — contemplative, poetic, straightforward, and smart.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Wes moved to Asheville, North Carolina to pursue music and study Philosophy. A place that allows him to connect with his Southern ancestry through storytelling, Asheville is just one of the few inspirations for his music. Influenced by philosophers, authors, singer-songwriters and musicians like Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and John Fahey, as well as his childhood spent where the Rust Belt, Corn Belt, and Bible Belt meet, Tirey’s latest EP, I Stood Among Trees, clearly reflects Wes as a man and artist.
Sharing the same name with a poem he wrote, I Stood Among Trees is an example of expert songwriting using vivid imagery coupled with exquisite fingerpicking, which is the hallmark of a talented songwriter and the beginning of respected career. And, as I listen to his EP and watch this video, I am reminded of a young Bob Dylan with a hint of Leonard Cohen and a few philosophers thrown in for good measure. So, it’s easy to hear that down-to-earth scholar who wrote these simple yet intelligent and thoughtful songs, thus making Wes the model of great American songwriting.
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Waveland State Historic Site