Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues are pretty unique for this day and age, with a heavy influence in folk, bluegrass and country blues, reminiscent of the early 1900’s, with hints of Americana and indie rock. Billy Wallace, who started out as singer and guitarist for The Wading Girl nine years ago, only stepped out on his own recently, two years ago with his debut album “The Road Spit Me Out”. Ironically, he spent the next two years on the road, and with “Tucumcari, New Mexico and Other Songs”, Billy shares his stories and tales from the road; love lost, friends made, drinking, and highways he’s wrecked cars on.
“Tucumcari, New Mexico and Other Songs”, starts us off on the back porch in the deep south with “Bury My Burdens”, quickly changing pace on “Tucumcari, NM” adding trumpet for an almost Mariachi feel in parts. Now this is not your typical Americana, with bands likes of Mumford and Sons, and The Civil Wars so prominent nowadays; this is music that influenced that style; “Amy’s Interlude” and “Henry Flowers Homesick Blue’s”, so deep seeded in country blues, but it is interesting to see the style change in songs like “Smoke and Glow” and “Seen The Light”, which could find homes on a record by Counting Crows or Camper Van Beethoven.
Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues give us a mixed bag of Americana and the roots that it came from, with undertones of indie; not necessarily for the fly-by-night or coat-tail fan, but could be educational to know where that style of music comes from.
1. Bury My Burdens
2. Tucumcari, NM
3. Noel’s Blues
4. Smoke and Glow
5. O! Be Joyful
6. Amy’s Interlude
7. Dear Lynn!
8. Henry Flower’s Homesick Blues
9. Seen The Light
10. Teach You The Blues
11. A Love Song for Johannes Keplar