As fans of Austin’s rich tradition of counter culture and cosmic country collisions, Wild Bill and the Lost Knobs’ debut album, “The Show”, paves the way for a new take on America’s favorite music.
“The Show” is a diverse yet easily digestible taste of what the unique band is capable of. The album was produced by David Byrne affiliate James Desautels, Jeff Henson (Meganaut), and Wild Bill himself. It was mixed by Jeff Henson, and mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering. Based in Omaha Nebraska, Doug has worked with Saddle Creek Records, Bright Eyes, and She and Him. James Desautels also wore the hat of arranging strings and playing multiple instruments on the album. A highly accomplished classical player who is equally capable as a fiddler, James has worked with legends like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Pavarotti, and several others.
The self-funded album was written as a cohesive collage of styles covering the topics of performing, addiction, social alienation, unemployment, trouble with law, and even death. Wild Bill wastes absolutely no time introducing the listener to the concept. The first track is a rocking country day-in-the-life ballad of a modern thin man who is comparing his life to that of a circus performer. “My whole life is a circus, seems I’m always hangin’ from the ferris wheel; sleeping in the lion’s cage like it’s no big deal”. From there, the album puts the listener on a musical ride of their own from the high energy cajun rocker, “All I Wanna Do” over to a hip hop infused “She Don’t Say No” which draws comparisons to Beck.
released 20 September 2014
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