Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases Albuquerque, New Mexico, native, and now Austin, Texas-based, J Wagner, with his song, “Story for You to Tell,” off one of the best albums of 2011, Disappear. J Wagner’s song, “Old Missouri,” was selected as the #3 song of The Top 25 Songs of 2011 by The Troubadour’s Road.
J Wagner is one of the best songwriters of our time, and he defines the essence of a troubadour. His words are carefully crafted, for they are his stories, ingrained from his experiences in the American Southwest. Songwriting is a true craft, and Wagner has that gift, and continues to hone his trade. His musical path is a storied journey, and one to be sure to follow.
J Wagner has made his way to Colorado, and just played a show in Jamestown. He is set to play in Winter Park, Friday, March 30th, with Gregory Alan Isakov, for the Fraser River Initiative benefit, tonight. For additional information and tickets for that event click here. He then plays in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday night (March 31st), and then has a show in Fort Collins on Sunday (April 1st). Email J Wagner for details to those shows at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to come out and catch a show.
These words find there place in his song, “Story for You to Tell,”
“I had so many things to tell you
That I had nothing left to say
With my shadow digging holes behind me
I just smiled and walked away
I don’t know where it is I’m running to
Or what it is I lost along the way
But if you knew what I was trying to forget
Why did you not give me a reason to stay
Like everything I thought I needed
I took a little more than I should
In a world full of blind optimism
I found nothing that I thought I would
I left you and headed east bound
And I dug all my troubles from the ground
Then I tore the rope I should’ve been mending
But that’s only a story for you to tell
If you knew where the wind was bound to take me
Or you knew how the story would end
How could you not of seen the road I had to straighten out
Or how that highway was a bit too thin…”