Album Review: 'Faux Pas' -- Alias Wayne

Country music singer-songwriter, Alias Wayne's album, "Faux Pas" is a 5 track EP. Wayne, who is also known as Randal X Kendrick, has put together an authentically Texas sound with elements of country, rock, and Americana in this project. 

The only son of Texas ranch-family parents, Ranzel X Kendrick's passion for music started in grade school when multi-Grammy winner and Country Western legend “uncle” Roger Miller started giving tips on his songwriting. As a teen, Kendrick and his high school drummer buddy often jammed with Miller when he was in town.

The crisp, soulful electric guitar playing, snaring drum beats, and hums of the harmonica masterfully showcase Alias Wayne's musicianship in "Faux Pas."  

"Nobody but Me" has the soul of a Ray Charles tune with the sweet blues influence of a Fats Domino while all packaged up with country vocals. This song could have only been made in America.

The drums and guitar in "Just Because" give the EP some contrast to the down home country soul of "Broke Down In Texas." Its my favorite song on "Faux Pas."

While the melody and words of "Gimme What Its Worth" scream Buffalo Springfield, "Stop Children What's That Sound," this is no ordinary cover. The contemporary and truly American arrangement coupled with Wayne's excellent vocalization give new life to the heartfelt lyrics. And the words are as relevant to the divisiveness in American politics and sentiment in 2020 as they were when they were originally delivered back in the 1960s.  "Gimme What Its Worth" is giving you more than you'd expect when you slide a coin in a diner jukebox and press play. 

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