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On Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me, Waylon Payne shares the journey through his own personal hell as he ascends from the ravages of addiction and shattered family relationships to the restorative waters of love and hope in a riveting story cycle.
The album opens with the bright country rounder “Sins of the Fathers,” featuring Mickey Raphael’s blaring harmonica and Jedd Hughes’ screaming guitar. With a canny nod and a wink to the title phrase, Payne quotes it not only to indict the father whose drunken and violent behavior shaped the son but also as a message to the son to resist the sins of the fathers and make his life his own. In the chorus Payne loudly affirms: “But, oh-oh, the sins of the father / Are never gonna hang around me no more / Oh-oh, the sins of the father / It’s time for me to lay ’em down and let them go.”
Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me washes over us like a cleansing wave, carrying us along into valleys of human emotion, searching every corner of the human heart, peering into the shadows for glimpses of light. Every song on the album glitters like a multi-faceted gem, cut by a master jeweler.