Following the successful release of his sophomore solo album, Wes spent a good amount of time on the road. Touring with bands such as The Milk Carton Kids, The Wood Brothers, Martin Sexton, Sea Wolf, Bobby Long and Ben Taylor along the way.
That time on the road inspired many songs for his follow up EP. “I like to write in hotels, planes, trains etc.” explained Kirkpatrick. “I travel by train as much as I can. I love the atmosphere on trains. It’s laid back and friendly during the day, and at night it makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. In a sleeper car at 2am, sipping whiskey, listening to the train whistle and watching the world roll by, that’s when I would write”. With new songs piling up, Wes reached out to his fans to help fund the record, and they came through, exceeding the goal with time to spare.
The uneasy feeling of loss or heartache haunts songs such as “Down” and “Begin Again”. “Without You” carries a chorus that you won’t forget. The production features acoustic, electric and slide guitars, keys, upright bass, banjo, percussion and harmonies leaving clean lines for Kirkpatrick to get from point to point. Musically, Wes both polished and expanded his approach making Short Dream a successful leap for this Nashville based singer- songwriter.
“It is a powerful thing when music can take you out of your current mindset and completely transport you to another time or place; Wes Kirkpatrick’s music does just that. It’s moody, it’s dense, it’s powerful and it’s smooth as hell. If you haven’t hopped on the Wes Kirkpatrick train yet, you should do so immediately”.
As it’s been simply put, “Wes Kirkpatrick is hard not to like”. A singer-songwriter of the truest sense, Kirkpatrick writes poetic Americana/folk-pop songs that you hear once and start humming along, hear twice and can’t get them out of your head for days. With an already loyal following, it’s only a matter of a time before we’ll all be singing along.
- Relix Magazine