One of the more intriguing backstories you’ll come across in the music industry belongs to Al Staehely, an entertainment lawyer with a fascinating musical history. Having provided legal services to the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan and even graced the stage of Carnegie Hall during his time with the band Spirit, Staehely’s still played with the likes of Jefferson Starship when he was practicing law, and a European album release in the 2000s further cements his reputation as a multifaceted artist. Fast forward to the challenging year of 2020, marked by COVID-19 lockdowns, and Al Staehely found himself armed with a treasure trove of original songs and a network of renowned musicians to call on, including Fran Christina, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and Chris Maresh. Which brings us to “Somewhere In West Texas.”

The album opens with “Something Good Is Gonna Happen,” a track that immediately transports listeners to the vast landscapes of West Texas. Its perfect blend of country twang and infectious rhythm sets the tone. “Long Legged Woman” follows suit, delivering exactly what you’d expect—a lively, foot-tapping tune that captures the essence of the what AS was attempting.

As the album progresses, “Mercy Of The Moon” slows the tempo, allowing for a more introspective and emotional experience. Staehely’s soulful vocals shine, accompanied by poignant lyrics that evoke a sense of longing and vulnerability. The slide guitar-driven “Long And Hard” draws inspiration from the Traveling Wilburys, showcasing the chemistry between the musicians and their ability to create a seamless blend of Americana influences.

“Wide Eyed And Innocent” channels the nostalgia of bygone days, with echoes of Harry Nilsson’s classic “Everybody’s Talkin’.” Staehely’s smooth delivery and the song’s infectious melodies transport listeners to a simpler time. “What’s Wrong With You For Loving Me” injects a dose of energy with its rollicking country hoedown.

“Night In The Box” seemingly pays homage to the legendary Chuck Berry, exuding a rock ‘n’ roll spirit. It’s a lively, guitar-driven piece that showcases the band’s musical prowess and their ability to create a vibrant atmosphere.

The album fittingly concludes with “Be Still,” a track that radiates contentment and tranquillity. Its comforting lyrics, particularly the line “listen to your heart,” serve as a reminder to embrace life’s simple pleasures. That’s what’s at the heart of this and that love for the craft, shines.

Rating 8/10

Previous article
Next article

More From Author


Popular Posts

Latest Gig Reviews

Latest Music Reviews


Band Of The Day