john wesley harding Archive

Musoscribe’s Best of 2021: New Releases

Picking my favorite new releases for 2021 has been exceedingly difficult. I have no way of knowing to what degree (if any) the infernal and tragic pandemic had the silver-lining effect of inspiring so many of these artists to create superb works, but whatever the reason, I stumbled across a bounty of great new music

Album Review: Wesley Stace — Late Style

For most of his professional career Wesley Stace has worked using the stage name/sobriquet John Wesley Harding. The singer-songwriter’s love (and command) of wordplay is second to none; leave it to him to have titled a collection of odds and sods Dynablob (an anagram of the stage name of another composer, the one who released

Album Review: John Wesley Harding – Greatest Other People’s Hits

Nearly everything one first learns about John Wesley Harding suggests the man is a smart-aleck. A folky troubadour transplanted long ago from Hastings, England to the U.S., the man born Wesley Stace adopted a stage name taken from one of Bob Dylan’s most celebrated releases. (Some years ago he also released an album that waggishly

Concert Review: Yep Roc 15, Night #1

Note: many more photos from this night are in my previous post. The first night of Yep Roc 15 was superby stage-managed: with the program slated to start at 8pm, master of ceremonies John Wesley Harding strolled onto the stage right on time. And within four minutes the music began. Harding’s witty banter (much of