Double Trouble’s Reese Wynans Revisits ‘Crossfire’ on First Solo Album: Premiere


When Reese Wynans determined to make his first-ever solo album after greater than 50 years within the enterprise, together with a style of his days with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble was a no brainer. So it's no shock that Sweet Release, due out March 1, opens with an electrifying new model of 1989's "Crossfire," whose video is premiering completely under.

"It was nice to try this one," the keyboardist tells Billboard. He credit Sweet Release producer Joe Bonamassa, who Wynans has performed with for the previous 5 years, with the suggestion to do the monitor. His brassy tackle the track, which Wynans co-wrote, encompasses a reunion with the Double Trouble rhythm part of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton and visitor vocals by Sam Moore, whereas Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jack Person play guitar. "I do recall enjoying that track and loving that track again within the day," notes Wynans, who provides an prolonged organ solo to his model. "When we have been first writing it, Tommy got here up with that bass line and that R&B groove, and somebody mentioned it gave the impression of a Sam & Dave form of groove.

"When I used to be telling that story to Joe he really useful that we rent Sam Moore to come back and sing it. I by no means met Sam earlier than. He agreed to do it and he loves the track and loves singing it. The entire factor was very thrilling."

Wynans can say the identical for the whole 13-track Sweet Release, which was recorded in Nashville and likewise options visitor appearances by Vince Gill, Keb' Mo, Warren Haynes, Wet Willie's Jimmy Hall, Bonnie Bramlett and others. The set is an outgrowth of one other album Wynans had manufactured from all unique materials; He "wasn’t that pleased with the way in which they got here out" and put the venture apart, solely to have Bonamassa resurrect the concept of a Wynans solo album and insisting he produce it. Bonamassa additionally got here up with the concept for Wynans utilizing the album to revisit his profession, together with early influences (Tampa Red's "I've Got the Right to Be Blue" and "So Much Trouble," Michael Bloomfield's "You're Killing My Love"), Les Dudek's "Take the Time" from his days in Jacksonville, Fla., enjoying with the Allman Brothers Band precursor the Second Coming, further songs initially recorded with Vaughan ("Say What!," "Riviera Paradise" and "Hard to Be"), the Beatles' "Blackbird," the Meters' "Soul Island" and the title monitor, from Wynans' days enjoying in Boz Scaggs' band.

"You run into quite a lot of sidemen like myself who make data and no person actually listens to them very a lot. You're simply doing it to have one thing out," notes Wynans, whose resume additionally contains work with Carole King, Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Brooks & Dunn, Buddy Guy, Trisha Yearwood and plenty of extra. "So we determined we should always go forward and play among the songs I famously performed on previously for different folks and begin from there." While Bonamassa is conserving him busy Wynans is hoping to place collectively some reveals of his personal sooner or later, and he additionally sees Sweet Release as a primary step in perhaps bringing these unique songs out in some unspecified time in the future.

"That's arising; You'll be listening to a few of that within the subsequent document, for positive," Wynans says. "I by no means considered myself as a frontman or a rock star or something like that. I'm a musician and I like being a musician and assist make folks's songs sound higher. I don't have to sit down out entrance, however it's good to get an opportunity to do it now, after so a few years of enjoying, y'know?"