Release Date: Mar 17, 2009
Record label: Certifiable
Even before former Lonesome Strangers member Randy Weeks packed up and moved from Los Angeles to Austin and took up with producer Will Sexton, his style as a songwriter and performer made him a spiritual resident of that Texas sanctuary for smart, country-tinged singer/songwriters. On the evidence of his fourth solo album, Going My Way, however, he's still a bit of a Hollywood cowboy or, to put it another way, as Texas songwriters go, more Buddy Holly than Townes Van Zandt. Sexton provides a tight little country-rock band playing catchy guitar-driven pop/rock, over which Weeks sings his songs of romantic ups and downs in a clear, nasal voice that could get him into They Might Be Giants if that duo ever wanted to become a trio.
You have to admire Randy Weeks. He’s one country musician who left the sunny climes of Southern California (where he sang back-up on albums by such notables as Dwight Yoakum) to move to Austin, Texas in search of ….Well, it’s unclear what he was searching for: a folk authenticity, perhaps? But no one ever gets rich in Austin, not matter how talented (sorry, Alejandro). That said, Austin has a great music scene and if one were looking for collaborators and inspiration, Austin is the place.
The Los Angeles Times just picked Randy Weeks as one of the artists to watch in 2009, and Going My Way should guarantee all eyes and ears tuned in his direction now that he's settled in Austin. A former member of the Lonesome Strangers, Weeks first gained attention when Lucinda Williams recorded his song "Can't Let Go" on her breakthrough, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. More than a decade later, he's still producing snappy compositions that crackle and pop with life ("Summer of Love," "I Think You Think").