Saturday, April 18, 2009


Last night, I saw Wes Tucker and the Skillets at IOTA Club and Cafe in Arlington, VA.  The show was one of the best I've been to all year.  

Wes' music is a bit of a departure for me, as it is much more mellow and bluegrass-y than I usually gravitate toward, but the music was a revelation, and I anticipate having his CD playing on repeat in my car for quite some time.  When Wes plays, it is clear that he feels the truth of his music through and through, as if the world only makes sense to him when he's holding his guitar and belting out lyrics like "You learn to leave a little space for the knife in your heart / You swear that when we get face to face you'll pull it out."  As the show went on, I found the world making a little more sense to me as well.

The show was the CD release party for his new album, "The Scorpion and the Dove."  After having listened to it in its entirety twice between last night and now, I give the album a resounding yes, with hopes that this will not be the last for Wes and his skillets.

I was able to get two signed copies of the new album from Wes as an exclusive giveaway for Guilt Free Pleasures readers.  How to win?  Send an email to us at with 'I love Wes Tucker!' in the subject line.  The giveaway will close on Sunday, April 26th, and we'll send CDs to two lucky readers on Monday. 

In the meantime, happy listening!

Sad and Proud [mp3] (See Wes' website for purchasing.)

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