Wes Tirey
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Wes Tirey


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Wes Tirey - "From The Ashtray to the Bedsheets" (2004)

Wes Tirey and The Easy Hearts - "The Sepia Rose" (2005)

The Bull and The Bear - "Should you ride the bull or hunt the bear?" (2006)

Wes Tirey - "Wes Tirey" (2008)

"Oh, No, Scarecrow" and "The Valley Green" live on WYSO...http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wyso/arts.artsmain?action=viewArticle&sid=4&pid=25&id=1561041



2013 will see two new releases from Wes Tirey. The first––a collection of instrumental pieces titled "When Your Eyes See The Valley"––will be released by Orange Milk Records. Composed of extended fingerstyle guitar pieces, "When Your Eyes See The Valley" ranges from the melancholic title track, to the rootsy "Holler Down The Mountain," to the haunting "Wachito River." The second release––"I Stood Among Trees"––is Tirey in his element: voice and guitar. Made up of songs new and old and ranging in theme from the apocalypse and the darker side of humanity ("Final Resting Place," "Wild Beasts"), to love and loss ("The Time Leaves So Soon"), to reminiscing on younger days ("Old Friend"), the release captures Tirey's raw voice, intricate guitar work, contemplative lyrics, and Midwestern grit and sensibility.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Wes Tirey picked up the guitar at 16. By 17 he was already active in the Dayton songwriting circuit, playing local coffee houses, open mics, and even the iconic Canal St. Tavern. After two years of playing with a full band, Tirey went back to performing solo, releasing a self-titled record recorded and engineered by Patrick Himes. Featuring some other sparse instrumentation, the record captured Tirey meditating on memories ("Ohio), tipping his hat to his heroes ("Prophet Man"), and singing of spirits long gone ("The Death of Wild Bill Hicock").

Wes Tirey's songs blend the guitar work of Townes Van Zandt with the raw vocals of a young Leonard Cohen and the poetic grit of Carl Sandburg. He may wear his influences proudly, but his songs are singularly his own. His songs have led him to opening spots for Josh Ritter and the Avett Brothers.

His 2013 releases will put him on the road for a summer tour.