Brian Waldschlager

Brian Waldschlager

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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A stunning vocalist, originally from Knoxville Tennessee. His time with Shinola and The Brooklyn Cowboys has broadened his overall musicianship and matured his "vocal chops".

Biography

Brian Waldschlager got into music during his sophomore year of high school. Jilted by the jock world, he careened into the arms of rock & roll, never looking back. The Clash, The Ramones, Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop jolted him out of the "hair-band" mainstream, and following the usual litany of cover bands, he made his first tentative forays out of Knoxville.

It was there that Waldschlager started fronting bands with older players and writers that picked up on his charisma and natural talent. After four years of some college and flogging the local music scene, in 1987 he found his way to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), living for a while in a big old band house which was frequented by the likes of The Replacements and Husker Du - and whose many residents included Babes in Toyland and Courtney Love.

"That's where I started getting an idea of what kind of music I wanted to do," recalls Waldschlager. "I wrote a lot of stuff when I was in Minneapolis, a lot of it born of homesickness and more reflective of where I was from." It was during this time that he came to his musical senses - those of a storyteller of the South.

"I started to really appreciate Southern roots music," recalls Waldschlager, "and specifically Tennessee music - everything from Appalachia's Roy Acuff and the Crazy Tennesseans to Memphis' Alex Chilton and Big Star. That diversity has been a real force behind what I do."

Returning to Knoxville, Waldschlager put together The Dirtclods, who soon became a popular regional act that regularly performed between 1992 and 1995. Garnering a great deal of label attention along with being voted Knoxville's Best Rock Band Waldschlager, as lead singer of The Dirtclods, was recognized as "Knoxville's Best Male Vocalist" over a two-year period.

With the help of Grammy award-winning songwriter, Lucinda Williams, in the mid-1990's Waldschlager hooked up with veteran Nashville producer and rock guitarist Richie Owens and electric/acoustic guitarist Bob Ocker, as the band Shinola, which was later renamed 5 Bucks. The trio also appeared on Dolly Parton's 1998 record Hungry Again.

Owens, whose rock credentials include production of two Dolly Parton albums, platinum with the Georgia Satellites, and R.E.M., heads a list of Nashville critics impressed by Waldschlager's efforts.

"Waldschlager's a regional story teller, just like Bruce Springsteen bears the heart and soul of blue collar New Jersey," said Owens. "His roots-rock creativity was inspired by the Bohemian atmosphere surrounding the Knoxville [art/music/literary] scene."

Robert Lougue of Nashville's music publication Tag, described Waldschlager's music by saying, "[h]is songs echo performers like Eddie Cochran, Tom Petty, and Dave Edmunds, but they are distinguished by a voice that rings with the earnest beauty of a choirboy at one moment and the woozy menace of a drunken hillbilly at the next." He praised Waldschlager as "a solid songwriter, an eccentric traditionalist and eloquent storyteller."

Besides Owens, Parton, and Lucinda Williams, Waldschlager has had exposure to country notables such as Walter Egan (who is famous for, among other hits, the 1978 pop hit "Magnet and Steel"), and Buddy Cage who replaced Jerry Garcia in New Riders of the Purple Sage when the late rock icon returned to the Grateful Dead.

Waldschlager has performed and recorded with Egan and Cage as the alt-country band The Brooklyn Cowboys, and can be heard on their album, "Dodging Bullets."

Lyrics

Chemistry

Written By: Brian Waldschlager

I’M ABOUT READY TO TEAM UP FOR SOME REAL LIFE CHEMISTRY
DON’T WANNA BE
TYPE CAST IN A LEAD ROLE
AS A MESSY MAN IN MISERY

NEEDIN SOMETHIN STEADY TO STAND ON THAT OFFERS ME STABILITY
I GET SO TIRED OF
CHEAP SEATS IN THE NOSE BLEEDS
AND EVERYTHING IN FRONT OF ME

CHORUS
AND I PAY A HIGH PRICE
AND GET A SMALL SLICE
WHEN I THINK TWICE
OR IF I’M TOO NICE

NO LONGER LET LIFE BE
WHAT HAPPENS WHILE I SLEEP

I’M ABOUT READY TO FOCUS ON EVERYTHING I REALLY SEE
I’M GIVIN’ UP
BIG HYPE, YOUTH GODS
AND ALTERED STATES OF FANTASY

I’VE BEEN MEDICATED AND SOLD SHORT BY THE PIXELS IN MY PICTURE SCREEN
AND BOUGHT A LIE
MY WHOLE LIFE AND IT’S ROBBIN’ ME
OF SOME REAL LIFE CHEMISTRY

CHORUS

SOLO

BRIDGE
THEY SAY OUR LOVE
IS BREAKIN ALL THE RULES
BUT ME AND HER
BUSY MIXING MOLECULES

I’M ABOUT READY TO TEAM UP FOR SOME REAL LIFE CHEMISTRY
I GET SO TIRE OF
CHEAP SEATS IN THE NOSE BLEEDS
AND EVERYTHING IN FRONT OF ME

CHORUS

Discography

"Down There" (2005)
"Waldschlager" (2006)
"Chemistry" (2007)
Digital singles are for sale.
Terrestial radio play on Americana, Roots, college, and alternative stations.
Streaming audio play via MooZone and other providers.