Wayne Haught : Fingers

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Love and death are the big themes on Wayne Haught's new Peter Case- produced record called 'Fingers,' along with horseshoe tattoos and chewing tobacco. Plus blind mariachis, Memphis, Black Moses, and fried chicken. Rhubarb pie too. 'Fingers' includes Don Heffington (Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams) on drums, David Steele (John Prine, Steve Earle) on guitar and mandolin, and three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter Case on piano, organ, and backing vocals. Together they help Wayne bring his true-feeling lyrics alive in songs like 'Mail Pouch Chew Tobacco,' a tune about people wanting to bite off more than they can chew. As well as 'You,' wherein the song's narrator attempts to call a homeless friend back with love, and 'Political Song For Waylon Jennings To Sing' which explains in a few taut verses how mama's boys grow to be 'tough old men.' Album centerpiece 'Guitar Prayer,' featuring a stark twilight dobro cameo by Greg Leisz (k d lang, Bill Frisell), finds Wayne delivering ghost-like rhymes in modern-day Luke the Drifter mode while offering the notion that a drunk with a guitar can save souls: During guitar prayer You don't have to close your eyes down on your knees During guitar prayer There's no need to holler please Six strings of wire, a few pounds of wood And each time you pick it, it does someone good 'One of my cool old uncles told me to trust the wisdom of folks who have more questions than answers,' says Wayne, 'because we're just people after all, and our understanding of how everything works is limited. Does wearing certain clothes, saying just the right words, or kneeling in a 'holy' room lead to answered prayers? Or is it more important to simply think loving thoughts? I don't know for sure, but I do know I've been healed many times by good bar room guitar players.' Engineered at the Carriage House by studio owner Sheldon Gomberg, who picked up a Best Blues Grammy this year for producing the Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite record 'Get Up!,' the album covers a lot of musical ground. There's the scratchy exuberant almost bluegrass of 'Where Bluebirds Sing.' A sparse old timey wail floats 'All The Way To Heavens Gate' up and away. 'Mail Pouch Chew Tobacco' and 'Political Song For Waylon Jennings To Sing' feature a 70's style honky-tonk swagger, while the band kicks up a frenetic rockin' ruckus on 'Horseshoe Tattoo.' 'Peter and I wanted to make a record the old school way ' says Wayne,'so we cut live looking to get the feeling right while not worrying so much about technical perfection. I sat in a little booth singing and playing rhythm guitar while the drums, bass, and electric guitar played along together in a bigger room. Sheldon had me singing into a huge 1940s RCA ribbon microphone, and with the band kicking behind me I let myself loose into the heat of the moment. You can tell. There's some pop and sizzle in the music.' Listen closely to album closer 'All The Way To Heaven's Gate,' a song about Wayne holding his father's hand in a North Carolina hospital room, and you can practically hear the tears escaping Wayne's voice. Listen closer and you'll hear him stop playing to steady himself. 'A primary rule of recording is to keep going, don't stop, because what you think is a mistake might sound right when you hear it back,' says Wayne. ''Singing 'Heaven's Gate' about my father put me once again with the feelings of being with him as he started to leave this world for the next. At one point I couldn't juggle singing, playing, and not crying all at once. So I quit playing to finish singing without crying, and also kind of rushed the last few words of the chorus. Somehow it fits the song, though. When we hit the last note all of us knew it was a keeper.' Long before stepping into the studio to record 'Fingers' Peter and Wayne were working together to arrange Wayne's songs. It all started when Wayne took Peter's six-week songwriting class last summer and found himself on Saturday afternoons playing and singing across from one of his biggest heroes. Although he had been writing songs for over 30 years Wayne found