Listen now: Wailin’ Storms Interview
Wailin’ Storms – Singer/Song Writer
Bio: Wailin’ Storms is a singer songwriter from Texas who looks to the raw and primal blues of the 50′s. To a time when country music started to swagger and become rock-and-roll. There he sees the urgency in Howlin’ Wolf, the conscious oddity in Screaming Jay Hawkins. He learned the teachings of Charlie Feathers and listened to Johnny Paycheck’s meditations on murder. He looks to the old and it teaches him. He takes from old and makes his own.
Despite being born the son of a preacher–a Southern Baptist with a no drinking, dancing, gambling, all fun=sin dogma–Wailin’ Storms can’t help that impulse to do what he wants to do. That bible thump never was music to his ears and it did not take. Maybe it is that older blood in him that makes him this way, the cowboys and wandering backwoodsmen of his descendants that never quite learned to settle down.
He came to the music he makes now through punk. He played in a number of punk bands in South Texas from the 90s into the oughts. Then he went off on his own in 2005 and began crooning and hollering. He took a slide to his guitar and started playing twangy, gritty sounds. He played around a bit in South Texas and after a performance on a pirate radio station the DJ surmised this was “Texas Doom Country Blues” that he was hearing. That description suited this new thing just fine.
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The when we ruled H-Town showcase was a show made to compliment the documentary that J. Schneider and Brent Himes are creating. Have no IDEA what I’m talking about? Read below.
With the ascension of “alternative” subculture into the mainstream in the 1990’s, Houston, Texas experienced a correlative infusion of energy and talent into its local music industry. What could arguably be called a plateau in the rise of activity and business for bands, clubs, promoters, and press provided exposure and opportunity for Houston to become a formidable contender with Dallas and Austin as a mecca in Texas music. In as many as eight and as few as five years Houston would see its best talent rise and diminish, clubs surge to capacity and ultimately close their doors, throngs of fans disappear into thin air.
Through interviews with those who were there, in photographs and video of the times, and by hunting down the places and the pubs, a slowly fading memory of an already bygone era can be glimpsed.
We can survey a fraction of that talent and energy which found its outlet on stages and through recordings, in art and lifestyle, and ask what made those times special?
Was it enough to put Houston on the Texas music map, and why or why not? If the local music industry has declined or digressed, or at least changed, in what ways and where is it going?
When We Ruled H-Town takes an objective but nostalgic look at a not-so-distant past when a spark of energy, a deep pool of creativity, and insatiable curiosity brought musicians, artists, fans, and an entire city together for a brief moment of greatness.
To keep up to date with how the documentary is coming along, to help donate to the cause and to check out a short 3:30 section of the video, check out these links for more information.