Venture South, the debut full-length album from Cowboy Dave Wilson, paints a 10-song picture of the American West — from 19th-century cowboy tales to the plight of the modern day working man. With the backing of Grammy-winning producer John Macy and an all-star cast of musicians, this new album is a triumphant culmination of over a decade spent honing chops in country dancehalls across the country.
These are songs that perfectly capture the ruggedness, honesty and sense of adventure associated with western folklore. Cowboy Dave Wilson’s soulful voice infuses each track with an authentic country vibe, while his clever lyrics bring a fresh twist to traditional sounds. Telecaster, fiddle and pedal steel further elevate the melodies, alongside a dash of trumpet for good measure. Whether it’s the dust-kicking dancehall anthems like “287” or “This Kind of Living,” or an understated ballad like “Sandhill Girl” or “Whiskey Tonight,” Venture South shows Wilson’s range and isn’t short on spirit.