There’s a certain thrill to be had when riding an old Harley. The beast of an alarmingly Neanderthal engine is bolted directly to the frame, and it feels like it wants to explode into freedom with every revolution of the massive flywheel. It's nothing more than a mechanical argument at one hundred miles per hour.
The best music gives me the same thrill. I've always heard music as a constantly churning evolution of ideas, rhythms, notes, chords, lyrics, and hues. The best music to my ears has always been the recordings that have a kinetic sculpture aspect. Like a 1957 Harley Panhead, I want the parts of a song to join together to get me where I want to go, do it in style... but argue and fight and threaten and challenge the entire way. I want a song with an overriding simplicity, but sticking out in crazy ways, blending into perfection only when viewed as a whole, through the thrill of motion.
There are many jutting angles on this album. I hope that you can listen to this effort and find the angles that please your ears, while it gets you where you want to go... in style!
Born as the black sheep in a musical family, Wiley Cousins spent his early life absorbing the idea that music has no boundaries, labels, or boxes. Hearing common threads in all music, Wiley left his home in California at an early age, with seven Dollars in his pocket and a dream in his heart; to make it in this world and do his bit as a musician and songwriter, to add to the glorious musical tapestry that he heard when growing up.
Having played every dusty garage, mountain party, and beer soaked stage in California's Bay area, Wiley decided to take his talent and his Harley to Texas, where he arrived on a blistering summer day in the mid-1980's, to be closer to the origin of the musical styles he loved.
"Austin was magical in the early 80's", Wiley recalls, "Every single night of the week had huge musical icons playing live at multiple small clubs. In one single week, you could easily catch Gatemouth Brown, Doug Sahm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pinetop Perkins, Albert Collins, Hank Thompson, Johnny Bush, Santiago Jimenez, Bobby Keys, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, and Clifton Chenier. One night in a parking lot, after a gig, I had a deeply involved conversation with Lazy Lester, discussing the best places to buy cowboy boots!"
Over forty years of musicianship, songwriting and live performances later, now living in Finland, Wiley Cousins feels that the journey is only just beginning.
"I have found that life teaches you how to live. It's all just a long series of lessons that prepare you for the next step. The hard labor that I've done, some dangerous situations I've been in, the friends I've made and the friends I've lost along the way......... all add to the music. After all, life is all about music."
And so it is.