By Keith Moore on October 19, 2013
I have been writing songs since I was 14. In fact, the very first song I wrote was called “Our Song”. My mother somehow put some money together and I recorded it in a studio in Meridian Mississippi where she and I lived. We were poor. When I look back on it, I am amazed at her persistence. She’s 74 now, and still fighting.
Since then I have written thousands of songs. Not hundreds, thousands. I have been fortunate to record many of them. I have never had “success”, but I have had fun. I have expressed myself with or without success. In the big picture of things, I am as amazed at this as I am at the day my mom came up with money for me to record. It’s all connected.
Jeff and I met in 1988 and started writing together. The Wineskins began in 1988. That seems a long time ago. There have been many songs since then. The “Rattle My Faith” album is a taste of those years up until now. Thank you to the few who have it. Consider yourselves part of a very special club. You have something we poured years of blood, sweat, and tears into. Good or bad, it is what it is.
I will be 50 on November 9 of this year, 2013. I am still writing; possibly more than ever. Jeff and I are working on new material to record in a new way. This past September 28 we went back into the studio with 10 new songs. After the session, we decided we don’t have all the right songs yet. We also want to take the sound somewhere new. I love this. We’re not happy, so we are going to be patient and make something as great as we can. We could settle for these ten songs and be done with it, but no, we want greatness.
Today for the first time I wondered what my last song will be about. I have no idea the subject matter, but I do know it will be about something real. It will be true. It will be full of questions, doubt, faith, struggle, joy, dreams, and fears. It will be about anxiety, lies, sex, G-d, failure, and “that feel”. It won’t be easy to understand, but then again, it will be easy to understand. It will be something from a troubled soul who loves the troubled journey, no mater how much he is at it’s mercy. It will be funny, honest, and full of contradiction. It will be human.
By Keith Moore on August 31, 2013
By Keith Moore on August 23, 2013
Rattle my Faith by the Wineskins. This one has to be my favorite album so far this year. Simply brilliant. I have plugged these guys before (including and along with band member W. Keith Moore), in my “Occupant Soldiers in Babel” post (click link). But that was before their recent release, and if I wasn’t hooked then, I am now. With deeply poetic, harmonious and sometimes bittersweet lyrics as well as a natural ability to portray some universally relevant experiences in the life of the everyman, these guys do not disappoint. From the moment you hit play, it becomes apparent that they are genuinely in it for the love of the art. You don’t find that very often these days. This is nothing like the old garage snuff you find in the bargain bin at a low end urban record store. No, these guys go above and beyond to please the listener, even offering a nice value for your buck with 20 tracks. And the best part is that they are all good. Every single one of them. You know how those big mainstream groups put out lazy yet highly profitable albums one after another as a result of the careful promotion of one or two good songs here and there? Not these guys. They’re the real deal.
Not only do the Wineskins really know how to strum the chords and strings of the heart and soul, but they’re also quite fun to listen to (as they apparently had fun working on this). Songs that get stuck in your head like Six Miles an Hour and Turkeys in a Drizzle will have you joyfully bobbing your head to and from point A and B in no time. Their sound will subtly pick you up in the morning then graciously caress you down at the end of the day. So good that I am almost tempted to take the long route home after work just so I can keep listening to the end (I repeat, almost. The drivers are not very good here, so I like to beat the rush).
The high the Wineskin’s music prescribes is like that of a top quality caffeine coffee euphoria as opposed to the usual fatty ”sugar” rush one receives after ingesting too much mass-produced high fructose syrup. You know, that cheap kick that goes down easy and perks you up but always ends in a heavy crash that makes you wonder why you thought it was a good idea to drink it in the first place. *Cough* Barenaked Ladies.
I’m just kidding. I really did like One Week…when I was ten.
OK, once again, I am being facetious. I never liked those guys.
(Note: I thought I would end this post with a little humor, but I did not intend to throw BNL under the bus. They were just the first band that came to mind. Nothing personal. And now, the world will hang on in suspense as no one will ever know my true opinion of the Barenaked Ladies.)
By Keith Moore on August 16, 2013
Hello folks, Jeff and I will be back in the studio September 21st to record our next album. We’re very excited about the new material, and equally excited about the way we are recording. This record will be much more like our live show than anything we’ve done before. Stripped down, sparse, intimate.
By Keith Moore on August 4, 2013
Leonard Cohen has a song called, “The Future”. It’s sobering, sincere, and upsetting to some.
Something is happening everywhere, especially since we now have a sense of “everywhere”,
We’re all connected…at least, are we?
It seems it is.
It seems we are.
By Keith Moore on July 20, 2013
I went ahead and ordered “Rattle My Faith” @ Amazon. Every single song and sample I have heard is incredible! You guys are brilliant – so rare to find good new stuff these days – can’t wait to spread the word.
By Keith Moore on July 19, 2013
Wowie wow wow! Totally blown away by your music. Doing the work I do, I’m kinda jaded on new music. Occupational hazard. HOWEVER…I’ve not been touched by anything like this in years. End of a long day. More on this wonderful work later.
By Keith Moore on July 8, 2013
CD REVIEW by Mick Kolassa, The Blues Man.
Wineskins: Rattle My Faith
When seeking for a simple way to describe this offering from the Wineskins one thought came to my mind: Rage against the Machine meets Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Southern folk rock musicians with a social conscience and an abiding love of their home, the Wineskins celebrate their Southern heritage while pointing out its flaws. The album opens with references to a Mississippi River Boat, “One Long, Two Short” and “Six Miles an Hour,” this is a great introduction to the band and their sensibility: reverence for the part of the world from which they hail. It closes with similar references while letting the uninformed in on some of the secrets in the songs.
The song New Reservation is a great new take on an old story – the mistreatment of Native Americans. This tune is a musical treat, combining Native American and military rhythms and other musical sensibilities for a truly original piece. This is followed by Rain, which is great example of a writer dealing with pain. One line: “He could punch a hole in the sky and watch it bleed” evokes anger and confusion at the same time, there is some damn fine poetry in this piece. This is a song about the need for redemption and Keith More, the writer, practices his craft exceptionally well here.
Turkeys in a Drizzle is another retelling of an old story – that TV rots your brain. But like most of the tunes on this CD, you can simply listen to it musically and be fulfilled but when you listen closely there are well told stories and well crafted messages in the lyrics – a pretty delightful combination.
Two songs taken together, They Cross the Line and Southern Moon, struck me as the perfect antidote to Sweet Home Alabama (a song that I believe still requires an apology to thinking people). These two pieces are 100% Southern, but they speak of the things we don’t utter outside of the family. They present a small morality play and speak of issues such as prejudice and injustice as only true concerned Sons of the South can, not stooping to Yankee stereotypes of the South but more of an intervention with a loved one. I hit repeat several times when listening to these two.
The only downside to this CD is that it contains 20 tracks, and each is cleverly written and well structured. I say that is a downside because you feel like you want to keep listening to this as a whole, and that is a pretty sizable investment in time. But, taken in a single long dose or in several pieces, one or two tunes at a time, Rattle My Faith is worth that investment if you care to hear some well crafted tunes while also thinking deeply.
You can find the CD at Amazon, iTunes, CDBABY, or the band’s website,www.wineskinsmusic.com