My friend Walt Wilkins released two albums this month. One is a solo album called 'Streetlight' and the other is a collaboration with bandmates The Mystiqueros called 'Watch It Shine.'
Streetlight is personal, intense, and intimate, and Watch It Shine is both joyful and meditative.
I had a great time writing a few of the songs with Walt over the last year or so. I'm proud to say Walt & I came up with 'Ask Her to Dance,' 'Crows,' 'The Painter By the Lake' and 'Watch It Shine' at our songwriting meetups under a 300 year-old oak tree at Bull Creek Park in Austin.
Here's a video that puts a recording of one of our songs together with stunning images shot by Texas photographer Dave Hensley.
Walt is a solid human, a hardworking family man, and an artist who has studied song and storytelling for decades.
He's a Texas treasure, and I believe he's recorded a couple of masterpieces, reflecting his solo work and his band collaboration. But then, you know I'm biased, so judge for yourself.
"Temple’s songs are sophisticated and enlightening, offering a view of the Texas west that’s akin to Dave Alvin’s meditations on mid-century California. He writes with a folksinger’s eye, observing intimate, interior details of every day life, and painting big, mythological sketches..."
"Owen Temple takes on the job of Texas troubadour with grave intent. Where his previous disc explored the darker side of the American dream, Mountain Home focuses on small Texas towns and the eccentrics inhabiting them... One has to admire Temple's focus on his craft, which he continues to burnish in smart and tuneful ways."
"A chronicler of America's darker side, Temple's sixth studio album focuses on down-at-heel hustlers, broken farmers, corrupt politicians and general bad eggs. Behind him a crack band, including sometime Bob Dylan sideman Charlie Sexton, play a laid-back country groove as wide open as a cattle range and dusty as an unswept porch."