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The Ballad Of Billy Saigon

by Wes And Victoria

One day you got up and put your Bob Dylan and Neil Young CDs into a blender and you added some amazing harmonica playing, the odd legendary guitarist (Albert Lee) and a touch of spiritual longing for seasoning. These are songs of heart and redemption.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Orphans
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2. Innocence Avenue
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3. Meet Me Where the Angels Rendezvous
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4. All I Really Know About Love
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5. Denial
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6. Holes
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7. Reunion
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8. Love Is As Love Does
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9. Beautyway
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10. Love Got a Mind of Its Own
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11. Stranger in My House
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12. Trail of Tears
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13. Ballad of Billy Saigon
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14. Touch Love
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15. Liberty
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16. Only Change Remains
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Album Notes
Rootstime Magazine in Belgium writes about THE BALLAD OF BILLY SAIGON!

" The lyrics have a healing quality and Victoria's harp playing adds a "soundtrack" feeling to the songs"
"Reunion" (my favorite) en "Beauty Way" both gems, are nice examples of these two elements combined to form those wonderful songs"
"Another thing is the perfect sound quality of this record,
which almost literally took blood sweat and tears and a lot of time in the making. This turned it even more into a small masterpiece which grows on you every time you play it...over and over again...

This CD features and All star lineup including the legendary Albert Lee on Guitar, Stephen Bruton from Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt on Guitar, David Palmer from Rod Stewart on Drums and Tony Sales of Iggy Pop and Tin Machine on Bass....

BIO:
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 Johhny 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 Scorcese. Wes and Victoria also perfomed acoustic sets throughout the LA area, appearing at the venerable venues of the Troubabdour 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 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.

Now back onstage, Wes and Victoria are pleased to release "The Ballad of Billy Saigon". The CD features songs of perserverence 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.

Get Lyrics and more of the story at the www.Babamuse.com site.

Peace and Music
Wes and Victoria

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RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Wes And Victoria a GrIndie Award for their CD "The Ballad Of Billy Saigon." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.
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Michele Michael Deradune

Deep Heart and Soul Music and Love that Expressive Harp!
Music you can allow to flow into the deep crevices and recesses of your heart and soul. Music you can trust to be loving, gentle and true. Music to hang with you and be your friend. Recommended especially for when you are ready to feel deeply. Opposite of bubble gum.
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Shaun H. and the radioindy.com reviewer team

Impressive release with talented harmonica playing
“The Ballad Of Billy Saigon” by Wes and Victoria is folk rock/Americana at its best and deserves a good listen from any fan of that genre. Originally hailing from Texas, the duo’s work has that southern feel and is a great mix of folk, rock, country and good ol’ cowboy music. Wes has a very unique singing voice that is particularly raw, letting you feel every note and word he is singing. The harmonica talent of Victoria is well highlighted on songs like “Trail of Tears,” and it sounds great. There is also a very welcoming Rolling Stones-influenced number called “Love Got a Mind of Its Own,” a song that could easily be compared to anything the Stones did in their best years. For listeners that enjoy folk rock and Bob Dylan, Wes and Victoria’s “The Ballad Of Billy Saigon” is definitely worth listening to.
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bamazzur

Truly Emotive
Wes & Victoria weave a bit of magic in this album, a Dylan-esque turn that is written from the perspective of those who have already crossed the veil. The song entreats those who are left behind to allow themselves to heal and move on, and is delivered in the plaintively pleasant voice of Wes Hamil. This album is a gem, well-written and simple, yet full of real emotional power.
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