Wheeler Walker Jr. Redneck Shit on LP + Download
From the "I have no idea what the hell is going on here" file comes the curious case of Wheeler Walker Jr., an incredibly foul-mouthed country artist who is gearing up to release his Dave Cobb-produced debut album, Redneck Shit, through Thirty Tigers, and has just released his first single, unabashedly entitled "Fuck You Bitch." "You have my word, you won't hear a better fucking country record this year. I guaran-fucking-tee you that," says Wheeler.
Wheeler Walker Jr. has been known as a good songwriter in Nashville for years, and had two major label deals and recorded two full records, but neither of them were released because he refused to cut the curse words. On these early records, the cursing was only one "damn" here and one "shit" there according to Wheeler, but it still was too much for a major label to handle, and he refused to compromise. Wheeler was perfectly willing to torpedo his entire career before censoring his songs. So somewhere floating out there is two full records of his "cleaner" material, but the world has yet to hear them.
And through this major label period in his career, Wheeler was married and had a kid, and then he claims his wife cheated on him with a "major country music star." Wheeler says he's not allowed to name who it was for legal purposes. At wits end after his divorce and running out of money, Wheeler was introduced to producer-extraordinaire Dave Cobb, and they decided to record the album Wheeler has wanted to make for fifteen years with the last of his money.
"I said, ‘Hey Cobb, as long as you don't censor anything I say, we'll do it, and I don't give a fuck if anybody hears it,'" says Walker Jr. And despite the ‘X'-rated aspect of the material, this is not some scuzzy underground recording. It sounds like Walker Jr. and Cobb were able to call upon top-notch pickers in Nashville to put this mysterious record together.