Joshua Ray Walker – Wish You Were Here

I have a huge soft spot for good country music. But not just any country music will do. I want hurt, heartache, anguish, and meaning in my country music. I need to be able to feel it. It needs to pain me or move me or kick my ass.

Wish You Were Here is good country music. This record speaks to everything I want in my country music and it hurts me in my core.

Joshua Ray Walker’s twang is thick as a brick without sounding forced or fake. His vocal work is very much old school country yet it is not distracting at all. The music is mainly two-stepping Texas country, but there are flashes of some ass-kicking country rock and of the Bakersfield sound.

Lyrically Wish You Were Here is painful. This record is packed with sadness that makes me want to give Mr. Walker a big hug and let him know that it will all be ok. Actually, no, scratch that. This record is packed with sadness that makes me need a hug from the big man as he pats my head and tells me that it will all be ok.

Seriously, there are some sad damn songs on this record. The sorrow does not make up the entire album, but it makes up a lot of the album. I know that the things that have transpired in my life over the past couple of years help to amplify the sadness I feel listening to this record, but even the happiest of individuals will find themselves lamenting a little while listening to Wish You Were Here.

My favorite track: Canyon

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