By Lisa Snedeker
As I sit here on a rainy Sunday afternoon, it seems appropriate that I’m listening to Dom Wier‘s first solo EP release, “New Waters.”
Maybe it’s because we both grew up in Southern Illinois, but I can relate to this mix of hillbilly rock and roots combined with bluesy, moving ballads. Weir’s songs make me want to jump in my Chevy and take a winding country cruise through the hills and the hollers with the windows rolled down and the radio blasting.
If you like the music of Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, John Mellencamp and Bob Seger, you’re going to like Wier’s new EP.
You may be familiar with Wier, who was previously a member of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Americana group The Good Routes and has been steadily touring since 2010. I was not, until now, thanks to the good folks over at The Press House, who asked me to review the album.
According to his bio, he started his musical journey in bands around St. Louis before heading to Nashville, where he released two EPs “Jaded Dreamer” and “After The Flood.”
As a solo artist, Wier meshes meshing his rock and folk influences (Carole King, Jim Croce, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles) with those of country giants like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash.
Both were produced and recorded with Grammy-winning engineer Nick Autry (Buddy Guy, Chris Young) at Sound Stage Studios. A six-song EP “Born On The Mississippi,” released July 30, 2013, was recorded over several months at different studios near Nashville. It features a version of “Tear Me Back Apart,” a song written by the highly respected Americana tunesmith John Moreland.
Released independently on Jan. 19 and produced by his friend Matthew Miller (who also plays guitar, mandolin, keys on the EP) the first video “Doses” from the album premiered via The Daily Country on Dec. 29, 2017.
Wier has shared show bills with acts including Asleep At The Wheel, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke, Candlebox, Foghat, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Toto, among others, according to his bio.
My only complaint about the EP is that it contains just four songs. I am already looking forward to hearing more from this promising young artist. And after you listen to “New Waters,” I predict you will, too. But don’t take my word for it, you can catch Weir live this spring at the following venues.
Upcoming Tour Dates
February 3 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
March 3 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
March 3 – Makanda, IL – Starview Vineyard
March 9 – Lexington, KY – Lynagh’s Pub
March 10 – Shelbyville, KY – Talon Winery
April 7 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
May 12 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra