Whiskey Bent

Whiskey Bent

BandCountryRock

If Steve Earle and Stevie Ray Vaughan started a band together...

Biography

So, what do you have when you team up a virtuoso guitar player and a prolific songwriter? Whiskey Bent, that's what. Guitarist Billy Ray McClelland and songwriter Jack Wingfield started writing songs together when they were in high school in Buna, Texas. After a long separation, they are working together again in the form of Whiskey Bent.

With the ability to front a metal band and the diversity to grace a Southern Rock stage, Billy Ray is one picker than can get the job done. Idolizing Paul Stanley from Kiss as a kid and rooted with the sound of Skynyrd, he has ultimately merged a unique sound. From playing in the 80s Metal band Hired Gunz, to sharing the stage with Gerry Evans in northern Louisiana-based Southern Rock act Southern Reign, he has surely been seasoned a Rock and Roll-Southern Rock guitar phenomenon. Billy Ray says, Meeting Jack was like Jimmy Page meeting Robert Plant; we have put together music and words perfectly from the day we met. Now, being back together from a 14 year separation due to career moves and bad women, Billy Ray and Jack are stronger than ever working the proverbial cat to death with 9 lives to go. Billy is currently attending Berklee College of Music.

"Subtlety seems to be a lost art in Country music songwriting", Jack says. "There are writers who continue to elevate the genre like Billy Joe Shaver and Steve Earle, and we have to respect them and give them their due." Wingfield's story songs are filled with characters not unlike those who inhabit the worlds of Johnny Cash and Steve Earle's material. Just check out "The Day I Shot Preacher Brown" and see for yourself. "You can't tell them everything", Wingfield says, when questioned about the sometimes mysterious fates and motivations of his characters. "Too many of today's songs are spelled out for the listener. The dumbing down of Country music really has to be quelled somehow."

Keep your eyes open and your ears peeled for what Whiskey Bent has on the table and has on the way. They will truly give the world of music a twist of realism and a diverse sound. Whiskey Bent is truly a Southern Rock and Country original. Nashville won't know what hit 'em.

Lyrics

The Angels And Me

Written By: Jack Wingfield

The Angels And Me

I've taken my time
and waited my turn
for someone or something to see
and all that I've found
and all that I've learned
there's nothing but the angels and me

The angels and me
it's something to see
all you have to do is believe

If time is a mirror
and reflections are true
then I can't believe what I see
because faith has no reason
and love has no truth
except for the angels and me

The angels and me
it's something to see
all you have to do is believe

If love is a river
and the current is strong
you can watch as it flows to the sea
or you can dive in with eyes closed
and swim in the grace
and welcome the angels and me

The angels and me
it's something to see
all you have to do is believe

Copyright 2005 J. Wingfield BMI

Burning Bridges, Turning Cold

Written By: Jack Wingfield

Burning Bridges, Turning Cold

I keep running through my mind
everything I said to you
I can never seem to find
anything that wasn't true

I guess there's something I can't see
something I don't know
to make you walk away from me
and I'd never even see ya go

Well it's tearing out my heart
and playing havoc with my soul
this ain't the way these things should start
burning bridges, turning cold

Now I sit here all alone
and I try to find some light
thru all the darkness in my soul
and make it thru another night

Now there's no place I can go
that I won't think of you
I can't stay here so I don't know
just what am I supposed to do

Well it's tearing out my heart
and playing havoc with my soul
it's hard to fall when you fall apart
burning bridges, turning cold

(©2002) Jack Wingfield BMI

The Day I Shot Preacher Brown

Written By: Words: Jack Wingfield; Music: Jack Wingfield and Billy Ray McClelland

The Day I Shot Preacher Brown

Mama said the sheriff came looking for me
he said I would never get away
they set up roadblocks on all the highways
and he didn't care what I had to say

But he don't know these woods like I do
he can't move around at night
and he don't know the whole story
he don't know that I was right

it's a complicated situation
the day I shot Preacher Brown
it was not an act of desperation
and I couldn't wait to gun him down

Mama woke me up that Sunday morning
the day I shot Preacher Brown
she told me something that I can't tell you
a secret she had kept from town

I walked right up into the Church house
I aimed my pistol straight and true
people ran for cover and ran for forgiveness
I pulled the trigger and walked on through

it's a complicated situation
the day I shot Preacher Brown
it was not an act of desperation
and I couldn't wait to gun him down

Now sometimes blood is stronger than justice
sometimes a pistol can make you whole
sometimes family is all that matters
and sometimes a bullet can free your soul

it's a complicated situation
the day I shot Preacher Brown
it was not an act of desperation
and I couldn't wait to gun him down