It’s been a decade since Chris Wall has given fans a new dose of his smart, insightful and highly listenable country music, but that drought is ending with the release of El Western Motel. A collection of intimate, mostly acoustic tunes inspired by his beloved American West and such influences as the words of Hemingway, Faulker, James Dickey and Richard Hugo, El Western MotelL captures this Texas troubadour reflecting on the peaks and valleys of a singular life.
Wall is best known for his tongue-in-cheek composition, “Trashy Women,” a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated early-90s hit for Confederate Railroad and one of three Wall tracks on Jerry Jeff Walker’s LIVE AT GRUENE HALL album. But Wall’s musical history goes much deeper, as referenced in the tracks “Six Tiny Strings” and “Silver Hair and Silver Wings.” He also addresses more personal issues in “I Should Have Called.”
El Western Motel contains a track co-written by Dale Watson titled “Hello, I’m an Old Country Song” (an answer song of sorts to the George Kent hit “Hello, I’m a Jukebox”). It also features fiddle, mandolin and harmony contributions by Reckless Kelly’s Cody Braun, who credits Wall as a mentor, influence and lure to Austin.
Outlawmagazine.com praised, “If you’re of a mind to live your life rather than let the damned thing live you, El Western Motel is the soundtrack your own beaten down soul has been humming to your heart for years. Turn it up, and let the horses run.”