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Broken Angels

by Wes & Victoria

Acoustic, mellow, hopeful and sounds like Miles Davis played harmonica on a Neil Young/Bob Dylan record in the 1970's
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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2. No Gravity
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3. We Just Go On
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4. May You Find Love
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5. The Best Deal for Me
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6. Shadow On Your Heart
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7. Broken Angels
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8. Sacrifice
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9. Me and Juan Diego
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10. The Only Thing Left
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11. Abel's Field Film Version of Broken Angels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Wes and Victoria began their musical sojourn in San Antonio, Texas. Their first music business mentor was Augie Meyers, keyboardist and songwriter for the legendary band The Sir Douglas Quintet. Their initial lessons were conducted over piping hot bowls of caldo and Augie's homemade grilled cheese sandwiches where Augie explained the basics of gigging and shared stories of his exploits in the music business, including teaching John Lennon about the accordion and Vox organ and recording with Bob Dylan.

Putting Augie's guidance to work the duo started gigging in the San Antonio and South Texas area in a variety of their own bands, including a folk act named Little Smoke and a rock/punk act called Puffin. During this time Wes started writing original material and the duo dropped the majority of the cover material they once performed. Looking to expand the audience for their original work, they relocated up the road to Austin, Texas.

While in Austin, Wes and Victoria performed with a number of regional and national acts. They appeared on stage with Lucinda Williams, BW Stevenson, Townes Van Zandt, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Donavon, Eric Anderson, Steve Fromholtz , Jesse Dayton and numerous others. Wes and Victoria also opened a recording studio near the University of Texas called the Track Shack, where they produced local and regional acts. During this time the duo recorded and released an acoustic LP entitled "Not For Prophet" which garnered airplay in various US folk markets and as far away as France.

When the studio lease expired Wes and Victoria headed west to Los Angeles. The City of Angels proved to be the next step in their musical evolution as Victoria started getting session work, recording with Robert Altman, the famed movie director, Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, a CBS movie of the week TV score where she appeared on the soundtrack with Johnny Cash and she had the privilege of recording on Roy Rodgers last recording, adding her soulful harmonica tracks to all these projects.

In the meantime Wes continued to expand his composition and songwriting skills, scoring numerous small budget television and film projects and writing songs with Oscar winning composer Paul Williams. He scored the Los Angeles Area Emmy awards for 3 consecutive years as well as the ACE awards honoring Martin Scorsese. Wes and Victoria also performed acoustic sets throughout the LA area, appearing at the venerable venues of the Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go along with gigs at various coffee houses and listening rooms across the city.

A series of illnesses derailed the couple, and they moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue new business opportunities. Wes continued to write; composing many of the songs that would appear one day appear on the "Ballad of Billy Saigon" CD, including the title track. Shortly after moving to Colorado Victoria was hit head on in a near fatal high speed car accident, which ultimately led to open joint jaw surgery and put a 3 year hold on her harmonica playing.

During this time Wes completed the songs for the Billy Saigon CD and began recording over a series of trip to Los Angeles. As Victoria slowly regained her ability to play, she recorded her tracks and the duo began to perform acoustic shows in the Denver area.

Once again, tragedy struck with a debilitating illness sidelining Victoria and requiring multiple hospitalizations. After three more years of recuperation Wes and Victoria once again took the stage and began performing acoustic shows.

The duo released "The Ballad Of Billy Saigon CD in 2009. The CD received wide airplay and strong positive reviews resulting in a small European tour and an Artist of the Year ward in the Netherlands. The title track was picked up by Hamburg based Bear Family Records and was put in the compilation project "Next Stop Is Vietnam" alongside tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Wes's writing and Victoria's harmonica playing were especially noted in the reviews.

Also in 2009 came "White Man Red Road", a Native American infused project recorded as a soundtrack for an ebook of the same name. The CD received accolades from internationally syndicated radio show The Colorado Wave as Record of the Year, and also got positive reviews. The ebook, available on Amazon and iBooks, chronicles Wes's journey from apprentice to Sundancer and was released in 2011. There is a multi-media version of the book available with embedded music and video on iBooks also.

After yet another few years of health challenges for Victoria, the duo returned with the 2012 release of the "EVOLUTION REVOLUTION"EP. The EP features three versions of the title track. There is an acoustic coffeehouse version, a layered "Phil Spector Wall of Sound 60's" version, and a dub step electronic remix track by Scarecrow Adams. The spiritually infused lyrics touch on the timeliness of the world in change yet relate to the personal journey as well. Wes and Victoria enlisted the help of NYC session guitarist eddie Weiss and LA Session Veteran Justin Z Walden for the project as well. The release is available on iTunes, Emusic and other major e-retailers.

Also now on iTunes and other e-retailers is the single "Katrina Calling". The 2012 released tune is a reflective song about a 911 operator who is on call when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and is inspired by time Wes spent in New Orleans post Katrina.

Also in 2012, Wes and Victoria released a new free acoustic recording of the song "Prayer For The Living" to honor the losses of those from not only the September 11, 2001 tragedy, for which it was written, but also the recent Aurora, Colorado Cinema shootings.

The duo is has now finished up the work on a live acoustic project featuring intimate performances of new songs which includes the song "Broken Angels" which is the featured vocal track in the Sony Film Release Abel's Field. They are also working on a fully produced band project for release late in 2013.

Wes and Victoria present music of perseverance and redemption, hard won from the lives of the performers who have created it. Wes and Victoria have remained committed to their music, to each other, and to never giving up hope even in the darkest of times. Their music and their lives reflect a strength that can only be gained through lives fully lived and challenges met head on.



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