5 Star Meat & Three


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Here's a few quotes from Joe Wolfe-Mazeres' Ear 2 The Ground Blog.

"Betti Jo" by Reckless Johnny Wales

     Man the shuffle sure has been loving the new Reckless Johnny Wales album - 5 Star Meat and Three. It's not out until next month, but when you can get it, I highly recommend it. The album was recorded down at the Sound Shelter with a bunch of familiar names  (Brett Stewart, Chris Tench, etc.) Reckless Johnny has already won an Earie in 2016.


"Reprise" by Reckless Johnny Wales

     The shuffle has been loving "Earie" winner Reckless Johnny this week!  Today, he checks in with a brief instrumental from his forthcoming album. 


"Only One Murder Away" by Reckless Johnny Wales

     Another from the new Reckless Johnny Wales CD, 5 Star Meat and Three.  Wales effortlessly moves from humorous word play (like Kay, Que Pasa) to more serious topics like this one. It is one indication of his skill as a songwriter. He is an "Earie" award winner in 2016.


"Kay, Que Pasa" by Reckless Johnny Wales

     And we close with another Earie Award winner - with some clever 

bi-lingual word play set to a nice Latin flavored tune from the new album 

5 Star Meat and Three. 


"Nashville Skyline Intro" by Reckless Johnny Wales

     EARIE ALERT:  The Nashville Music Historian Award goes to the one and only Reckless Johnny. His newest album is called 5 Star Meat and Three. Today's post is just the Intro to the first release from the album, "Nashville Skyline Redux", but we have a live version of the song itself in the Video Playlist. Reckless Johnny has observed the changes going on in Nashville from his very cool perch in the Music Row area - which I had the unique and wonderful opportunity to visit. If you ever get the chance, let Reckless bend your ear with tales of Nashville music that you will not believe. 



The legend of Reckless Johnny Wales began in Dorchester, under the shadow of Boston’s high buildings, the Savin Hill subway station and only corners away from where New Kidz On The Block faced puberty. At ten years old his heroes were Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. “That whole rock n roll thing grabbed me,” he says.

But the folk/rock melodies and protest lyrics of the sixties were the hammer that forged and shaped his musical pathway. First it was the famous Club 47 in Harvard Square where icons like Joan Baez and Dylan would appear. “It was the end of Jack Kerouac and the beginning of Ken Kesey,” say RJW. “I was in college, playing guitar around Boston and hitchhiking to Greenwich village.”

After two years in school, the draft interrupted and Reckless Johnny Wales served a three-year stint in the Navy during the Viet Nam era. Moving from boat to bay, San Francisco swept him up in its multi-year summer of love—performing, writing songs, soundtracks for porno movies and owning a studio. 

Eventually the winds of change swallowed Reckless and spit him out on Nashville’s Music Row in 1980. Tired of the road, our hero found himself working as an independent promoter and eventually getting hired by Warner Bros. Nashville where he rose through the ranks to Senior VP of Promotions. “I worked a ton of No. 1s and hits  with artists like Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams, Jr., Randy Travis, Faith Hill, and Dwight Yoakam,” he says. “I won Billboard awards four out of five years in a row.” Reckless evolved into running the label’s international department, traveling, making contacts, searching for talent and bringing Nashville acts to the far corners of the earth. It was a cosmic experience until the Warner/AOL merger in 2001, when RJW was made “an offer he could not refuse” and a ticket back to music — full time. Actually fate smiled upon his fans…

After five critically acclaimed albums, Reckless Johnny Wales is showing his softer side with a collection of love songs. The 12-track album, produced by Chris Tench, Brett Ryan Stewart and Bob Saporiti was recorded at The Sound Shelter in Franklin, Tennessee.

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