Art Wheeler makes music that is fun. He wants to make you laugh. He wants to make you smile. He is a singer-songwriter who combines the blues, rock, and folk styles of his music with lyrics from a humorous point of view. Much of his music tells stories from his Christian faith. His catalogue also includes a large number of irreverent, secular songs.
His latest release is a collection called “Elvis Week”. The title song of this set focuses on Art’s annual trips to Graceland in August for the Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil. The rest of the music jumps from genre to genre, telling fun stories from Art’s life and current events.
Prior to “Elvis Week”, Art released a series of singles. One of these songs Art’s most popular to date is “Don’t Cry For Me When I’m Gone”. It has a folk/gospel music feel and lyrics that suggest life in hell would be better than life on earth. “4-H Chicken Shack” is an upbeat country homage to a staple of the West Tennessee State Fair held each year in Jackson, TN where Art is from. On “Creation”, Art produced a folk style song to make it easier to remember what was done on what day in the Genesis 1 creation story.
On "Six Minutes After Seven", Art returned to his Christian music roots. It includes fan favorites that didn't make it on the first religious CD as well as newer songs that have most fans haven't had a chance to hear.
His previous release was the novelty song "Tennessee Boxed Wine Enema". He was inspired by a news story about an incident at a fraternity party at the University of Tennessee. The song asks the questions everyone wanted to ask. It is also the soundtrack of a popular YouTube video.
His second release, "Arkansas", includes some Art’s most popular songs, including the title track. He says “Practically every time I sing this song, someone will ask me what I have against Arkansas. I always tell them the song is about something else, although I won’t say what that is.” Most of the songs on the EP have a blues rock feel although the Christmas tune, Electric Jesus, is more of a folk song. “These two songs are the ones people missed the most on my first CD”.
Art’s first disc is "Bible Stories", a collection of his Christian music that doesn’t always sound like Christian music. He varies the style from rock to spiritual. And he injects his music with humor while staying true to the scriptures that are the basis for the songs.
“I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett and Martin Mull,” says Art. “My songs might not sound anything like theirs, but I feel I’m taking the same approach to mixing humor and music.”