Reviews and Comments
Just a few of the things people are saying about Wes, his current book and his music, along with his recorded work with Victoria.......
Ballad of Billy Saigon- Music
A quote from Academy Award winning songwriter Paul Williams about the music:
“Powerful stuff ... haunting, tortured, unique ... uplifting in a 'friend pulling you up and over a concrete wall' kind of way .. (not sure that came out right .. but it's about the masculinity, that frames the feminine e of your performance) .. Reunion is I think the best song ... the best performance .. It's like a birthing and a struggle to be born .. both at the same time. Vic's harmonica and harmonies are portraits .. movies .... Somebody's gonna grab 'Billy' or one of the other songs or maybe the whole album and put it on the big screen. It deserves a long life.
RootsTime Magazine in Belgium says:
" The lyrics have a healing quality and Victoria's harp playing adds a "soundtrack" feeling to the songs"
"Reunion" (my favorite) en "Beauty Way" both gems, are nice examples of these two elements combined to form those wonderful songs"
"Another thing is the perfect sound quality of this record,
which almost literally took blood sweat and tears and a lot of time in the making. This turned it even more into a small masterpiece which grows on you every time you play it...over and over again...
And Chris K- aka Goat from MileHighMusic and The Colorado Sound on KFRC 88.9 FM writes:
There's something raw and natural about "folk" music. It cannot be made up; either it's present or it isn't. There's a reason why so many great players are on this record. All I can say is, "Welcome to Colorado Wes and Victoria, and thank you for sharing your music with us." This album is as real as it gets ...
Radio INDY writes:
“The Ballad Of Billy Saigon” by Wes and Victoria is folk rock/Americana at its best and deserves a good listen from any fan of that genre. Originally hailing from Texas, the duo’s work has that southern feel and is a great mix of folk, rock, country and good ol’ cowboy music. Wes has a very unique singing voice that is particularly raw, letting you feel every note and word he is singing. The harmonica talent of Victoria is well highlighted on songs like “Trail of Tears,” and it sounds great. There is also a very welcoming Rolling Stones-influenced number called “Love Got a Mind of Its Own,” a song that could easily be compared to anything the Stones did in their best years. For listeners that enjoy folk rock and Bob Dylan, Wes and Victoria’s “The Ballad Of Billy Saigon” is definitely worth listening to.
White Man Red Road- The CD
MAXIMUM INK writes about White Man Red Road:
White Man Red Road
by Andrew Frey
Review published: May 2010
Envisioned as a soundtrack for a book with the same title, Hamil musically introduces us to the award winning culminations of his spirit quests and journeys through Native American ceremonies which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to being a sun dancer. Tribal chants are woven into the guitar driven songs producing a delectably catchy, memorable and enlightening experience. A Colorado Wave Album of the Year!!!
Broken Angels- The CD
Online comments- Beautiful, soulful acoustic storytelling, nothing in the way of the message..the title track was featured in the Sony Picture's release 'Abel's Field'.
Just a quiet gift....