Wink Keziah

Wink Keziah

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Great South Records recording artists Wink Keziah & DELUX MOTEL have become one of the fastest growing Texas bands around, playing "RED HOT" Alt/Country Honky Tonk. Their blend of country, blues, rock and bluegrass merge together to create one of the best, and tightest shows on tour today!

Biography

Wink Keziah

“Sometimes in life you just need a new beginning,” says singer-songwriter Wink Keziah describing exactly where he is in both his life and his career right now. Hard Times marks a new direction for Keziah musically as well. It’s his first solo record without longtime band, Delux Motel, the first project recorded in Los Angeles and perhaps more significantly, Keziah’s exploration of wider avenues in his songwriting, with a conscious shift from a honky-tonk heavy vibe to one that is more balanced between the raucous and the spiritual.

“Even though I’m rough and tumble around the edges, I have a very firm foundation in my faith and what I believe,” he says. Keziah penned all 11 songs on Hard Times that range from the spirituality of “Sweet Jesus” and “The Hands of God” to the autobiographical “Chain Link Fence” to the rollicking ode to redneck romance “Honky-Tonk Rendezvous.”

The album’s mid-tempo opener “Sometimes You Win” is a testament to Keziah’s relentlessly positive outlook. It is a gentle reminder that while “things are tough sometimes, you’re gonna win sometimes, too.” Keziah’s decision to record "Hard Times" in Los Angeles proved to be professionally and creatively fulfilling with the contributions of a stellar list of musicians who have toured and recorded with Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Waylon Jennings, and the Rolling Stones. Keziah's strong Texas influence is apparent through the entire album, particularly on the track “San Antonio” with other Lone Star references interspersed throughout.

Mark Stuart of the Austin-based band, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, produced the CD and lends his vocals to the rough-edged, confessional duet “Sweet Jesus.” Keziah has found a musical soul mate in Stuart, calling his friend and producer “a visionary with an incredible set of ears. He has an uncanny way of hearing the bigger picture.”

The new album’s title, "Hard Times", refers partly to the economy and partly to the state of the music industry. But for Keziah, it’s an apt description of his life. He’s been permanently shaped by a turbulent, hardscrabble childhood. When he sings, “I met my Daddy through a chain link fence” on the song of the same name, he means it quite literally. In fact, the singer’s first memories of his father, “a bootlegger and a hustler,” are of visits to prison where the senior Keziah was doing time for shooting Wink’s maternal grandfather.

As a child Keziah found solace in music and picked up his first guitar at age five. He played in bands throughout his school years and earned a partial art scholarship for college. Unable to fund the rest of his education costs, Keziah enrolled in cosmetology school, hoping to eventually earn enough money in that field to attend art school. But his life soon took a different turn. He opened his own salon and became hugely successful in the cosmetology field. One salon became three, and Keziah found himself overseeing 49 employees, while still continuing to tour and make music.

After a second divorce and a decision to turn down a major-label record deal, he took five years off from playing music to try to live a “normal” life. But like the songs in his head, music just wouldn’t leave him alone. It was his current wife who pushed him to reconnect with his passion for music. “Hard times make changes. The good thing is they give you the strength or the momentum to get on with a new adventure in your life,” Keziah says. “I know it’s going to be tough for the next couple of years. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

But hard work has never concerned Keziah who has toured extensively for years. In 2009, he was on the road a total of 200 days and he will continue to tour behind "Hard Times" with his Austin, Texas based band and doing solo shows including a Texas Radio Tour in support of his single release of "Sometimes You Win". “People are probably going to identify with the honky-tonkers, because that’s what they’ve been most used to hearing from me,” Keziah says of the project. “But with this record, they’re going to get a taste of a different side of Wink. Hopefully it’ll be a side that they’ll embrace.”

Wink Keziah and Delux Motel are proud members of The Americana Music Association, The Roots Music Association and ASCAP.

Lyrics

Jesse's Farm

Written By: Wink Keziah

Wink Keziah; c-2007 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jesse’s Farm

Kickin’ cans down a old dirt road, Ain’t got nowhere to go
Cotton fields burnin’ up, In the summer heat
Cane pole in my right hand, Night crawlers in an ol’ tin can
Ain’t nothin’ but God’s green earth, Under my feet

(Chorus)
Ohhhhh, It ain’t easy, Yeah, But it ain’t hard
Ain’t nothin’ more that pleased me, Than growin’ up on Jesse’s farm

Went to school ‘till summer come, Now I work out in the sun
‘Till Sunday comes, The work ain’t never done
If there’s one thing I know, It’s the wrong end of a hoe
Gonna’ reap just what I sow, ‘Till harvest comes

(Chorus)
Ohhhhhh, It ain’t easy, Yeah, But it ain’t hard
Ain’t nothin’ more that pleased me, Than growin’ up on Jesse’s farm

Fried chicken from a ol’ iron pan, Mashed potatoes off of Grandpaw’s land
Hot pies in the window sill, I’ll take it any time I can
Catchin’ fireflies after dark, Warmin’ up by the ol’ stone hearth
Bible stories left their mark, They gonna’ make me a better man


Discography

Wink Keziah "Delux Motel"
2005 Label; Winkmusic Indie

Wink Keziah & Delux Motel
"Working Songs For The Drinking Class"
2007 Label; GREAT SOUTH RECORDS

Wink Keziah "HARD TIMES" 2009 Label; GREAT SOUTH RECORDS

Streaming available @ isounds.com, airplaydirect.com,freshtracksmusic.com, radiosubmit.com & CDbaby. Wink Keziah & Delux Motel receives airplay on standard FM stations as well as XM OUTLAW COUNTRY Radio.

Wink Keziah & Delux Motel is a proud member of The Americana Music Association and The Roots Music Association.

Set List

Club set lists vary to venue requirements.
Concert set list usually contain 28 to 32 songs, lasting around 2 1/2 hours. All of our sets consist of originals as well as remakes of crowd pleasing favorites. Concert Song List

1. Lookin' For What I Can't Find Original

2. Hillbilly Sat. Night Original

3. I Can't Stop Original

4. I Wanna' Thank You Original

5. World Comes Tumblin' Down Original

6. From Here Till Closing Time R.Foster

7. Big Hotel J.J.Walker

8. Long As It Ain't Here Original

9. Honky Tonk Original

10. Ain't Livin' Long Like This R.Crowell

11. New Love Affair W.Pierce

12. Time Slips Away Original