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Wesley, John
« on: September 28, 2005, 03:06:01 PM »
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Re: Wesley, John
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005, 03:09:54 PM »


The music of John Wesley has been called lyrically sensitive and musically dynamic. Players Magazine calls Wesley's music "hooky, well organized songs which are hard to categorize." Wesley's current brand of guitar-driven acoustic and electric songs represent the cultivation of a diversity of inspirations from alternative, progressive, classic rock and folk genres intertwined with "plainclothes" lyrics drawn from the poetry of the common man. Furthermore, his skillful, versatile and energetic guitar style complements with fury his soulful emotionally-charged vocals reminiscent of Roger Waters or Bruce Springsteen. But what really appeals to Wesley's fans worldwide is a spark of sincerity and sensitivity so oft absent in today's mainstream music.

In recent years, John Wesley has performed as sideman, guitarist/vocalist for Lava/Warner Brothers UK based recording act Porcupine Tree, White Lion frontman Mike Tramp, subbed on Bass for Gainsville's Sister Hazel, and as lead guitarist for Scottish neo-prog legend FISH on many lengthy European, American and South American Tours and on several US and European Solo dates featuring songs from Wes's Independent European releases.

John Wesley's professional music career began in the early 80's in the Tampa, Florida area where he founded 1991 Southwestern Music Conference's showcase act Autodrive. The following year Wesley embarked on a solo career and became the premier opening act for British rockers Marillion on seven consecutive tour legs around the world -- especially North and South America, the UK and Europe -- where he played for hundreds of thousands of fans. In 1998, Wesley embarked with ex-White Lion front-man Mike Tramp on an extensive tour as premier opening act for the prestigious Peter Frampton/Lynryd Skynyrd tour. following this was several world Tours with Scottish artist Fish, and five legs of world touring with the Porcupine Tree ending in early December 2003.

Wesley's 1994 first album, Under the Red & White Sky on Racket Records quickly sold out it's first pressing of 10,000 copies and has been repressed in 1998 quickly selling another 10,000 plus copies. His second release, The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes, also quickly sold out and has been re-released as a bonus disc on the NEW re-mastered Under the Read and White Sky disc. Wesley's third solo effort, The Emperor Falls, for former Music for Nations label magnate Martin Hooker's new venture, Dream Catcher Records in Europe, quickly sold out it's first printing. European distribution of this critically acclaimed album continues.

In 2002 Wesley released his fourth solo album, Chasing Monsters, in Europe on Dreamcatcher Records to great acclaim in the Euro Indy circles and toured extensively as a support act for both Fish and Porcupine Tree in support of this release. Wes is currently in the first stages of writing and recording his fifth studio release. Wesley performed several tours in the UK and Europe to promote these albums. He was also featured at two annual gatherings in New York called "Wesfest".
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