"..singer /songwriter/guitarist Tom Wales just can't help himself when it comes to rocking out, crafting songs that stick in your head for days, complete with guitar-churning grooves and lyrics that speak of struggles within relationships, ourselves, and life in general...
"..the Rochester band Wales Road has gone through assorted changes in personnel and sound over the years....at the center, though, has always been the vision and voice - sometimes a wistful whisper, sometimes an amiable growl - of Tom Wales; and his theme has remained consistant: one man and his God, whom he sometimes praises, sometimes defends - and sometimes, like Job, seeks, pleads and beseeches..."
"...the type of music composed by an artist like Tommy Wales is very difficult to stuff into a 'pigeon hole' or categorize. The very idea of Christian Blues is oxmoronic to the world at large. They seem to think all Christians are supposed to be constantly happy. The cool thing is, those who know the inside scoop, is God works all things together for the good, even the idea of Christian Blues. Saved at age eight at the Pentecostal (Tabernacle) in Elmira, NY, Tommy began a walk with the Lord that has grown into a vibrant music ministry....there in the lyrics are found honest open statements to God that remind me of other 'Biblical Blues', the Psalms...with a skillful application of various musical styles...Tommy Wales paves a super highway of music that merges into the narrow road, so ask someone directions...."
What's Up Magazine
"...on the new Wales Road CD 'Snake Hisses and Judas Kisses, the band gets down and dirty in the beer soaked trenches,focusing its Christian ministry on the secular joints it plays. Face it, alot of rock fans don't go to church. But even though Wales Road is painting a pretty picture on a stained canvas, the message never supersedes the music. I don' t wanna' hear religion anywhere, but Tommy Wales' guitar sounds just so good and the songs are so well written that I am willing to rock with the Rock of Ages..."
"...Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (is) a record that showcases hard-working guitarist /songwriter Tommy Wales' mastery of the AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Black Label Society idiom. But Wales also shows off a delicate hand on a melodic version of 'The Old Rugged Cross' and a bluesy touch in the opening moments of 'I Need You' ..."
Democrat & Chronicle
"...Take equal parts southern rock (The Allman Brothers), and retro new wave (The Cars), add one teaspoon of modern alternative sound (REM), sprinkle with some blues, shake well, very well, and pour over ample portions of the gospel and serve. Add volume to taste and chow down. Now you'll begin to grasp the fundamental rock-n-roll sound of Wales Road ...."
What's Up Magazine
"...if you like your christian rock with an edge, then Tommy Wales is your man, and Wales Road is your band..."
"...Wales takes a varied approach vocally, trending towards a softer and more even mid-ranged register on the more even material but settling into a grittier and decidely more robust groove on that taking the heavier heading - and reflecting some punk/wave elements in the process, which makes for an interesting combination...he is no slouch on guitar either with some quality soloing that would do blues guitarist Glenn Kaiser (Rez Band ) and Troy Thompson (Bride) proud...."
"...With hot lead guitar, pounding percussion,and 70's heavy rhythm, Wales Road throws metal faith on Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (Album). There's a little Angus of AC/DC in the lead guitar, a little Black Sabbath in the rhythm guitar and synth, and a times a little Ozzy in the vocals..."
The Phantom Tollbooth
"...riff-loaded heavy rock & power ballads to pop-esque ditties to acoustic/electric blues..."