Wink Keziah & Delux Motel
Wink Keziah is an urban hillbilly. His sound nourished by moonshine, draped in kudzu and road-tested in clubs and barrooms sprawled across the country. On his upcoming second CD, Working Songs for the Drinking Class, coming out in January 2008 on the Charlotte, NC based independent Great South Records, Keziah and his band, Delux Motel serve up a double shot of hooch, a potent blend of country and rock that's as hot as a hill country honky tonk on a scorching summer night. Distilled through years of playing and paying his workingman dues, Keziah's Working Songs for the Drinking Class is a 10-track tour de force of pure outlaw country, with plenty of passion on tap and a frothy head of Southern soul.
Produced by Mark Stuart of The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, the album was recorded and mixed by engineer Mark Williams at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Recordings. On it, Keziah delivers a truly down-home perspective on the essential human experience, more often than not with a rye sence of humor and raucous fun that belies his hardscrabble upbringing in Charlotte's "redneck ghetto".
With the release of Working Songs for the Drinking Class, Keziah is on the go, like a bootlegger at midnight, ready to transport his 100-proof, high-steppin' honky tonk rock to the masses. "I'm in the only genre in America where you can be my age and people still think you're cool." He says."I don't need to be a big star, I do this for my own reasons. It's about living up to the gift of being able to write songs and play music."
Wink Keziah and Delux Motel are quickly becoming a favorite among fans and media alike with their high powered, super tight brand of scorching outlaw country. the diverse background of the highly talented musicians in Keziah's band is as broad and long as an open Texas highway. Mix in the B & G bending twang of Jeffery D. Fincham's Telecaster with the cracking of Philipp Barry's tobacco sunburst maple drums, add in the heavy thump of Ken Keicher's bass to the sweet sound of Wink's vocals and you get one winning recipe for hard core honky tonk fun.
This years Hard Liquor and Fast Women Tour promises to be the best to date with shows at some of the best venues, honky tonks and festivals the country has to offer. One thing's for sure, this is a band that won't take no for an answer and won't have it any other way than their own... Full Bore and Coast to Coast! The train has left the station and is heading to a town near you. When you see the smoke, you know we're in town.
Wink Keziah and Delux Motel are proud members of The Americana Music Association, The Roots Music Association and ASCAP.
The Media... and Special Friends.
4 1/2 out of 5 Stars!
The Charlotte Observer
3 out of 4 Stars!
The Pliladelphia Inquirer
"100 proof honky tonk from a man who walks it like he talks it, and sings it like he's lived it... because he has."
Mark Stuart - The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash
"If you need bona fides for your honky tonk, roots rocker Wink Keziah's got 'em in spades. ..."
El Diablo - Creative Loafing Magazine
"Wink Keziah and Delux Motel are one of the great new honky tonk bands in the USA..."
Ted Russell Kamp - Shooter Jennings Band
"Working Songs for the Drinking Class has its share of barroom blasts, like A Hot Woman and a Cold Beer and Ball and Chain. But Keziah offers sober reflection as much as boozy rowdiness, and the unflinching way he faces up to hard truths on songs such as Till I Pick Up the Telephone and As Long as It Ain't Here -- the former about domestic strife, the latter about leaving a dying hometown -- gives the album a rich ballast and marks him as a songwriter to watch."