Single Premiere: “Chestnut Street Blues,” by Wes Tirey

One of today’s best examples of a ‘songwriter’s songwriter,’ Wes Tirey uses his words to paint a rich and realistic small town atmosphere on this new single from the upcoming reissue of his brilliant No Winners in the Blues.

Originally released in a small cassette run in 2019, No Winners in the Blues is available for preorder on vinyl from Full Spectrum Records today ahead of its January 6 release date. The album is a somber collection of achingly real and relatable ballads. Each one features the singer-songwriter’s lonesome vocals ringing out over his own acoustic fingerpicking and Shane Parish’s hauntingly dreamlike electric guitar lines.

The record’s leading single, “Chestnut Street Blues,” is. a beautiful example of this. Parish’s chiming electric slyly winks while Tirey croons a list of well-used sayings people default to in order to get through periods of small talk. It’s sort of like sitting in a busy small town diner and overhearing snatches of every conversation that passes through the doorway. Check it out:

If Kris Kristofferson, David Berman and Simon Joyner are some of your favorites, then you definitely need to hear this LP. Click here to preorder yours today.



Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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