Q&A with blues-rock guitarist Wesley Pruitt, delivers the ups and downs and the ins and outs of love and life

"It's the universal language. I absolutely HHHAATTEEE seeing "hate" groups use music to promote hate. Music is meant to heal, bring happiness and keep us on the right course."

Wesley Pruitt: Gypsy Soul, Blues Heart

For 20 years, Wesley Pruitt Band has delivered the ups and downs and the ins and outs of love and life, all neatly wrapped in hard-driving blues-rock rhythms. Through it all, the band leader and namesake, Wesley Pruitt, Jr., never doubted the music would continue to be his professional calling. The latest part of the journey can be heard on the band’s new album Gypsy Soul (2021), the third full-length release following a debut EP, and the albums Sunrise and Line ‘Em Up. Pruitt describes Gypsy Soul as “a personal story” and reflects the band’s maturing process in recent years. Gypsy Soul, by comparison, invites the listener to share, relate, and perhaps find healing in the stories the band presents.                                  (Photo: Wesley Pruitt)

The band plays shows on many weekends in numerous towns and venues throughout Texas. Pruitt says he’s come to appreciate the experience of connecting with those who come to see the band. Although a career in music has its challenges and bands tend to have a short life, Pruitt says having 20 years of both to his name is no surprise to him. He credits his high school band director, Rob Toups, for preparing him for such a life and career. Gypsy Soul showcases a significant part of that life and leaves you with the sense that there is much more yet to come.

Interview by Michael Limnios

How has the Blues, Rock and Soul music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?

As for the views of the world Blues, Rock and Soul have heightened my senses to spreading more love. We've all been hearing it but when do we actually understand why those messages are sang about so much?? More than ever its what's needed. As for the journeys I've taken well let's just say this type of music either kicks your ass and be defeated or transforms you into a better person... We were our hearts on our sleeves with multiple hats. I always must be ready with the outside pressure that comes along with my music career!!

How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from?

My sound tends to always stay on the course of evolution. I love my sound but I'm always hearing ways to tweak. "Music is not only played it is felt with the heart. " Always remain humble. Wesley songbook: It's all over the place. Being raised on old country and blues with a mix of r&b and gospel my songbook covers a wide variety. My band is made up of musicians that appreciate all types of music. My shows are that way, but you can bet all of my songs are full of blues and soul in some kind of way.

What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?

Like mentioned before I like to show and express love through my music. Our latest album is an 8-year story of my personal life. Lots of heartbreak, tragedy, happy times, success, lost etc. The end result is to strive for peace, and positivity. After every show we want people to think of #peaceloveandunity when they think of WPB.

Why do you think that the Texas blues scene continues to generate such a devoted following?

I'm not so sure about the Texas blues scene and it's following. Like I previously mentioned in a non-direct way I'm a transformed man. So much of life is new and just beautiful in so many ways.  Seems like I'm getting a 2nd chance to be a better human. A better musician. I'VE embraced it and running with it.

"As for the views of the world Blues, Rock and Soul have heightened my senses to spreading more love. We've all been hearing it but when do we actually understand why those messages are sang about so much?? More than ever its what's needed. As for the journeys I've taken well let's just say this type of music either kicks your ass and be defeated or transforms you into a better person... We were our hearts on our sleeves with multiple hats. I always must be ready with the outside pressure that comes along with my music career!!" (Wesley Pruitt / Photo by Tara Bone)

What do you miss most nowadays from the music of the past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?

I miss how music of the pass was just that. It was about extreme talent, and the message. It was all about great sounds and seems like brotherhood and sisterhood was at the forefront.  I hope the music family can regain that and dominate with beautiful art.

Are there any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

So many memories lol. One of my most heartfelt memories comes from playing an outside music venue that was called "Oma's Secret Garden". It was our 1st time to play in New Braunfels Tx. We played for 3 hours straight. We got a standing ovation, played 20 more mins of encores and was hooked on that type of crowd since... Those type of audiences are the best!!

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in the music paths?

Lessons: Always stay humble. Extend offerings to others that are hungry to eat at your table. Of course, you still have to be vigilant!! There is always someone better than you. It's never a competition so dig deep, be creative and express the beautiful love of magic through music.

What is the impact of music on the socio-cultural implications? How do you want to affect people?

It's the universal language. I absolutely HHHAATTEEE seeing "hate" groups use music to promote hate. Music is meant to heal, bring happiness and keep us on the right course.

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(Wesley Pruitt / Photo by Tara Bone)

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