Wesley Lunsford says music is something he simply can't live without. "It's stressful, but joyful at the same time," he relates, attempting to explain the passion which has consumed much of his life for the past 18 years. After many bands -- in which he was the bassist, pianist, drummer, backup vocalist and many others, in addition to frontman -- it has all come back to simply Wesley Lunsford.
"It feels right going back to my name," Wes insists, adding that he doesn't mean to take away from what his bandmate, Jonny, and the others who have been dedicated to the making of a new album have put in. "It wouldn't be what it is without all of these awesome, very talented musicians…" the frontman says, "but I've been the constant."
Formerly The Selfless Season, the Austin, Texas native assures that the band's name change has not affected the music, but the music has definitely evolved. Produced by Blue October's multi-talented bassist Matt Noveskey, the long-in-the-making new album, 'So Much More,' covers all of the highs and lows of Wes' life over the past few years. He's proud of it, he says, because "corners weren't cut."
Progressive rock, melodic, poppy, soulful, folky, Motown, throwback, vintage -- add in horns and strings for good measure -- and you've got the album a nutshell, though perhaps it's best described as "all over the place."
"It's real stories -- songs about my life, things that I've been through. I don't try to hide anything," Wes admits. Take 'I Lied, We Kissed,' for example -- "it sounds self-incriminating. Even though it isn't, the way it was written and the way it was put out there… it's real," he says. "I'm a person and I make mistakes."
The record takes listeners on a journey and hits all of the peaks and valleys of the singer's life, from college to marriage and over the bumps in the road in between. He says it's not a concept album, but rather a collection of songs that tell his story in very different ways.
"One of the cool things about this project is when you're working on something for 4 years, it comes to life throughout those 4 years," Wes explains. "It changes and finally you have to cut it off, you have to finish it at some point. I started this album on acoustic guitar and now it's just huge sounding with blazing guitar solos and horn lines and rocking drums and thick vocal layers."
Wes is a man who wears many hats beyond his craft. He loves tennis, finds comfort in his new marriage, keeps a positive outlook on life in general, and, when not making music, he can be found at his local church, where he leads worship and… makes music.
In the end, it all comes back to just Wesley Lunsford. "I'm thankful that music is my career," he concludes, adding modestly, "I'm not that interesting.. I'm just a person who plays music."
Truth be told, he's so much more.