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JWW and the Prospectors / Press

“Few bands keep the Western swing banner flying high, but J.W.W. & the Prospectors wave that flag with nimble style. Their first full-length brings to mind traditional voices such as Tex Williams while also possessing the rebellious nature of revivalists like Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. A Moon Mullican cover and longtime Big Sandy drummer Bobby Trimble augment the local septet's bona fides. ***”

“The self-released CD, It’s High Past Time, from JWW and The prospectors reminds me of the happy upbeat Western Swing my grandparents generation used to dance to. Sometimes we think of old school country as full of heartache and woe, and it’s CDs like this that remind us that there was plenty of upbeat dance music for country fans back in the day. This stuff will make you tap your feet if not want to sign up for swing lessons. Entertaining from front to back. Highlight tracks are “It’s High Past Time, “What Have I Done That Made You Go Away,” “Live And Let Live,” and “Big Bend Boogie.””

“Here is a brand new album of 12 exciting cuts from a young and refreshing Western Swing band.... There are many wonderful original tunes. Tom wrote the swinging Insufficient Funds, Lone Star Beer, Big Bend Boogie and A Love Eternal, with huge hit potential. Jeremiah also penned four, It's High Past Time, Forgettin' 'Bout You, No Friend to the Lonely and the Texas dance hall styled Where I Thought You'd Be. Massimo wrote the final original, the instrumental, M.G.Boogie. Then there are three wonderful classics, What Have I Done That Made You Go Away? from the pen and hit parade of the great Moon Mullican, Live and Let Live from Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan and the Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr duet standard, Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own. ”

“J.W.W is Jeremiah Wade, and the group features another name that crops up with some regularity, in lead guitarist Tom Umberger. Wade & Umberger share equally the songwriting duties in this outfit, though pianist Massimo Gerosa also composed one—“M.G. Boogie”, which is also a highlight of the program. Of the 3 covers, only “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” is really familiar, and then they may have written their own lyrics to much of it, or gotten them from a version I hadn’t heard. Moon Mullican and Lou Wayne provided “What Have I Done To Make You Go Away,” sung by fiddler Heather Rae Johnson. The group mixes grooves and tempos well, not forgetting to play a few two-steps. They do feature steel guitar of course, and even a trumpet. I guess Umberger’s “Lone Star Beer” and “Big Bend Boogie” are my other favorites, but the whole program is enjoyable, and I’d sure go out to dance to this group whenever I’d get a chance!”

Marc Bristol - Blue Suede News
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