WGNA-FM wrapped up their latest “Rising Star” concert series at Proctors in Schenectady last Thursday night with up-and-coming headliner James Wesley and his trio.
With a broad smile as wide as the stage and an easy-on-the-ears tenor, singer-songwriter Wesley has a whole lot of charm that just bubbles off the stage and touches everybody within earshot. It seemed as though everybody in the audience already knew his hit singles, “Jackson Hole” and “Real,” both of which have already graced the country music charts, but the rest of the music was new to them because Wesley has yet to release his debut album.
Touring for Broken Bow Records, who are primed to release his upcoming album, “Real,” Nashville-based Wesley has come a long way from his Kansas upbringing and the influence of Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash, both of whom he paid tribute to in Schenectady.
He closed his hour-long set with Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and returned for an encore with his brand new single “Didn’t I,” which just so happens to have been co-written by Albany native Randy Montana. James Wesley is truly a country music star on the rise. He’s even caught the attention of country diva Taylor Swift, who personally asked him to open for her on tour this summer.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
JAMES WESLEY SET LIST
Waking Up the Rooster
Shake It Off
Trouble I Like
You Should Be Here With Me
Folsom Prison Blues