Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Neil Young are just some of the influences and touch points you’ll hear when you listen to Dallas singer-songriter Wesley Geiger. Geiger recently self-released his debut, El Dorado, a nine song collection of songs that showcases his extraordinary talent as a singer and songwriter.
El Dorado was wonderfully produced and mixed by Beau Patrick Bedford, in a cabin in North Dallas, and was recorded during trips Geiger made back and forth between Dallas and Los Angeles where Geiger was going to school for music. The album features members of The Texas Gentlemen (a group of well respected and talented local Dallas musicians) and McKenzie Smith of Midlake, and has a loose, warm vibe. Sometimes Geiger’s songs will remind you of The Band, Harvest-era Neil Young, with echoes of the Laurel Canyon sound of the 70s and cosmic country of Gram Parsons. One thing is clear: whatever his influences are, he’s clearly got his own voice in the overly crowded field of this genre called Americana. This record should lead him straight to the front of that line.
Below, download “As The Crow Flies,” via the Dallas music site Central Track.
My Morning Download, Wesley Geiger