Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern

Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern

by Bill WenceBill Wence


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Bill Wence kicks off Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern with the easy rocking "Angelene," a likable song that captures the tension between true love and the open road. The lyric looks back with regret, with the narrator coming to terms with just what he's lost; the upbeat cadence, however, sounds as free as the open road, revealing just how attractive the myth of the open road remains, even when it turns out to be empty. "What Do You Think About Me and You" follows, and it's a relaxed, Jimmy Buffett-styled love song. Wence had penned most of the material on Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern and enjoys getting to the emotional heart of the matter. In "Old Rock and Roller" he tells the tale of an aging musician, committed to his lifestyle though he knows that time is no longer on his side. All of these songs are enhanced by Wence's emotive vocals and a sympathetic, gently rocking band. There are ballads dedicated to love lost like "She's Leavin' for Dallas" and more upbeat paeans to misery like David Oxford/Tommy Allen's "Honky Tonk Heartache." Like Buffett and a number of the better singer/songwriters from the early '70s, Wence has a down-to-earth, non-pretentious manner that makes his music easy to like. With solid songs, arrangements, and vocals, Songs from the Rocky Fork Tavern is also easy to recommend.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: 615 Records
UPC: 0679026160267
catalogNumber: 61501
Rank: 201844

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Wence   Primary Artist,Piano
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Becky Hobbs   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Doyle Grisham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Mike Leech   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jonell Mosser   Background Vocals
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Byrd Burton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
John Rees   Piano,Hammond Organ
Ray C. Walker   Background Vocals
Rick Lonow   Drums
Bryan Owings   Drums
Adie Grey   Background Vocals
Sisters Morales   Background Vocals
Stick Davis   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Elliot Lurie   Composer
James Talley   Liner Notes
Marvin Rainwater   Composer
Tommy Allen   Composer
Ken Maynard   Graphic Design
Bill Wence   Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production
Joe Funderburk   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Diana Jones   Cover Portrait
David Oxford   Composer

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