Wes Mackey

Wes Mackey

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandBluesSoul

Wes Mackey..

"a reminder that the blues is not about being down on yourself; it's about using the music to lift your spirits and celebrate." A talented guitarist, vocalist and storyteller, he is known for his uplifting personal performances and stage presence.

Biography

With more than 50 years in music he went from working the dusty honky tonks of Georgia to performing in five star venues, festival and concert stages around the world including places like Iceland, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many others.

Born December 12, 1942 he learned to play the guitar from the seasoned old blues players of the South. At the urging of his father he eventually left “Big Estate” in rural South Carolina and moved to Augusta, Georgia where his career really began. 

His first gig paid 50 cents and a chicken sandwich but soon he found himself working in bands that would back up touring artists including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Wonder and many others.

While he has attained some recognition abroad as an independent artist it has been challenging to garner the same attention in the US. After years of being a sideman Mackey’s journey took him to Canada where he developed a diverse and interesting career that gave birth to his eclectic take on the blues.

Even today at 74, Wes Mackey’s career continues to evolve. He recently began doing more workshops and presentations based on the storytelling tradition and the reviews have been phenomenal. After years of experimenting Mackey feels he has found his niche and is looking forward to bringing it with him on the road.


Lyrics

AngelGirl

Written By: Laura Fisher/Wes Mackey

1.
I walked the lonely streets all night
Shadow people hid from the light
Footsteps echoed "You're all alone"
I prayed for an angel to come take me home

Chorous
She loved me, she loved me
That AngelGirl she changed my World because she loved me
Yes she loved me
That AngelGirl she changed my World because she loved me

2.
Those eyes so warm, so deep, so wise
Just one look and I saw the light
My demons left me they said "You're all alone"
But I had an angel to come take me home

Repeat Chorous

Now she is gone
But I still hear her say
"You heart is my home and that's where I'll stay"

She loved me, She loved me
That AngelGirl she changed my World cause she loved me

Be A Man Boy

Written By: Wes Mackey, Laura Fisher


Be A Man Boy

Written by: Wes Mackey

In your eyes
I see a part of me
Haunted by the things they've seen
Running hard and on my own
I had to call these streets my home

See Son
I was just like you
I had no one to look up to
But I always knew
About the day

The day I'd have to stop and say

Be a man. boy
Make a plan boy
Do the best you can
Boy just be a man

In my heart there is a part of me
Haunted that you'll be like me
Runnin hard and on you own
Living like a rolling stone

See son
Now you have your own
Leave them streets
And make a home
He'll always know
About the day

The day you took the time to say

Be a man. boy
Make a plan boy
Do the best you can
Boy just be a man

Yes it's time. yes it's Time
Time to leave the past behind
Yes it's time
To start a new Day
It's time now to stop and say

Be a man. boy
Make a plan boy
Do the best you can
Boy just be a man


Lines

Written By: Laura Fisher /Wes Mackey

I once beleived time stood still Now I know it never will
Father Time finds every one
And lines their faces
With the things they have done

Chorous
Lines of hope
Lines of fear
Lines that say the blues once lived here
My face is my story
Love pain and glory
Read On, Read On

Verse 2
The hands of time
Wait for no one
They just keep counting
Our days in the sun
And one day it will catch up with You
And draw lines on your face too

Chorous
Lines of hope
Lines of fear
Lines that say the blues once lived here
My face is my story
Love pain and glory
Read On, Read On

Instrumental Bridge

Time marched by
Without a look
But it left behind lines
To add to my book
So before it slips away
Write your masterpiece today

Chorous
Lines of hope
Lines of fear
Lines that say the blues once lived here
My face is my story
Love pain and glory
Read On, Read On

You cannot hide So wear them with pride.. your lines


Discography

CD's Second Chance, Mr. Blues, Full Moon in Lamanon Beyond Words

Toronto Blues Society says “Wes Mackey's new album is an extremely satisfying CD … highly recommended.”

BluesWax said “this is a super-smooth and very groovin' album....

Wes is currently working on his next album as well a wide variety of collaberations in everything from hip hop to contemporary classical..

Set List

Blues both classic and original.