Chris Wall





Chris Wall
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 “It’s American music, rooted in the culture of the West,” Wall says. “Call it what you like.”
All of the songs on the album were penned by Wall, except for “Hello, I’m An Old Country Song,” which he co-wrote with fellow Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson. Describing himself as a devotee of the “stone-cold country” old school (Hag, Jones, Willie & Waylon), Wall says he’s also a fan of Hemingway and Faulkner, whose craftsmanship and storytelling show up in the bones of Wall’s own songs.
The album also features a big assist from Cody Braun, one of the co-founders of Reckless Kelly, who lends big dollops of fiddle, mandolin and harmony vocals. “Cody showed up (at the sessions) to see how things are going, and we added him to the band,” Wall says. There is a nice bit of symmetry there, since it was Wall’s encouragement and mentorship that in part accounted for Reckless’ move to Austin in the late 1990s.
Montana and the Rocky Mountain region form what might be called Wall’s West of the imagination. It’s his inspiration and his refuge. “(The song) ‘So Long, I Love You,’ is about a guy leaving and heading west,” Wall says. “And that’s what I do — point the truck to Montana. It was a great escape to me as a kid, and still is in the back of my mind — even though that Montana doesn’t exist anymore.”
 “I’m always looking at horizons and space,” says Wall, who cut his musical teeth in Jackson Hole and Montana. “There’s always going to be highways, ranchers and old cowboys in there. It’s a little different from the Nashville/Eastern perspective.”
Released on his own Cold Springs Records, EL WESTERN MOTEL is co-produced by Wall, Merle Bregante and acclaimed producer Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen). Together, the trio crafted an intimate, mostly acoustic suite of songs built around Wall’s hand-crafted, big-sky lyrics.
Heretofore, Wall’s calling card has been the tongue-in-cheek “Trashy Women,” which the band Confederate Railroad turned into a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated hit in the early 90s. Wall penned the tune when he was signed to Jerry Jeff Walker’s Tried & True Music record label. Walker cut several of Wall’s songs on his best-selling LIVE AT GRUENE HALL album.
It’s been too long since listeners have been treated to Chris Wall’s patented brand of smart, melodic, insightful and highly listenable brand of country music. Happily, that drought has ended with the release of EL WESTERN MOTEL, the Austin-based artist’s first release in nearly a decade.

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Average Rating : 4.9              Total Reviews: 24


Chris Wall  03/12/2006            
Matt Champion
Great songriter and a damn fine example of how varied a person's experiences can be. Where is he though? Has he gone back to Jackson? Hope not.
Chris Wall  01/27/2006            
Rudy
Chris Wall, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn-if there is a heaven I'll be able to hear them there. Can't get enough. If I win the lottery they will be my threesome on a cruise ship. Off to Belieze to see "Scamp Walker". Fan from Wisconsin.
Chris Wall  05/22/2005            
Joe
He's the best ever!!!
Chris Wall  02/15/2005            
Obie Obermark
Good, stout straight-up honky-tonk stomp with intelligent lyrics. The combo of "Half of What Killed Elvis" followed by "No Sweat" then "Dylan Montana's Last Ride" is as strong a triple-shot as has ever been recorded and well worth the price of the CD.
Chris Wall  02/15/2005            
Obie Obermark
"Just Another Place" mixes lyrics studded with gems ("we lived it fast, and we played it hard/ And we did not pay our dues my friend, with our daddy's Mastercard!)with the full-bodied, rousing melodies typical of Chris Wall's earlier works. 'Bout as close as real honky-tonk gets to cerebral, this is a mature work that will grace any collection.
Chris Wall  10/22/2004            
James
Whoops. . . I meant to say "The Real Deal." - James
Chris Wall  10/22/2004            
James
The read deal.
Chris Wall  06/14/2004            
Paris Hilton
AWESOME! One of the best songwriters to ever walk the Earth. Keep the faith, and for God's sakes, please keep the music coming.
Chris Wall  04/20/2004            
Scotshawk
The soul of a poet lives in Chris Wall. It's good to know that the intellectual cowboy isn't dead. I was seriously worried with the passing of Waylon Jennings that the brains of the outfit might be gone, but Wall has proven to be a singer/songwriter of the first order. Guy Clark, Ray Wiley Hubbard and the like are indicative of the type genius Wall possesses. Wake up world!! Listen to the man.
Chris Wall  01/25/2004            
jim
Chris wall is the thinking man's texas musician. A great fellow in person and a very talented singer-songwriter. Cowboy Nation and Tainted Angel would be first on my buy list but they're all swell.
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