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      May 25, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      601. E. Truman Road
      Kansas City, Missouri 64106

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      Wheeler Walker Jr.


      Inanow-classicscenefromthe1976AcademyAwardWinningfilmNetwork,newscasterHowardBealescreamsintothetelevisioncamera,Immadashell,andImnotgonnatakeitanymore!Beale-- strugglingwithdecliningratingsandjustlearningthathewasabouttolosehisjob decidestoletlooseonnationaltelevisionafterdeclaringthatlifeisbullshit.Butinsteadofgettinghimfired(Bealesgoal),theoutburstcausesaratingsspike,andHowardBealebecomesanationalheroforangryandfrustratedAmericans.Manyhavecomparedthisscenetothecareertrajectoryofthenewkingofcountrymusic,WheelerWalker,Jr.WheelermovedtoNashvillein2000,withdreamsofGarthBrooksinhishead,confidentthathisgoldenvoiceandpoeticsongswouldmakehimaninstantstar.Unfortunately,asHowardBealenoted,lifeisbullshit.Wheelersfirstalbum theunfortunatelytitledNoLoveFortheCity(hisodetopreferringcountrylifeovercityliving) featuredapictureofWheelergivingathumbsdowninfrontoftheWorldTradeCenter.Althoughthealbumwasfullofhard-driving,hook-ladenhonky-tonk,therecordwasreleasedon9/11/01andhadtoimmediatelybepulledfromstoreshelves.Ofcourse,thismishapwasnotWheelersfault...butthenextdecadeofmisstepscertainlywere:sleepingwithrecordcompanypresidentswives,burningdownthewomensrestroomattheGrandOleOpry,andgettingdroppedbylabelafterlabelforrefusingtocensorhismusic.Andthen,in2015,WheelerhadhisHowardBealemoment:Whosaysyoucantcurseonacountryalbum?Well,alotofpeople,butfuckem...soWheelerreachedouttohisoldKentuckypalSturgillSimpsonforthenameofaproducerwhowouldlethimrecordhismusicthewayhewantedto:SturgillsuggestedGrammyawardwinnerDaveCobb,whoproducedSimpsonsfirsttwoalbums.Afriendshipwasborn,andWheeleremptiedouthisbankaccount,wroteachecktoCobb,andtherestishistory.TosayWheelerWalker,Jr.wasmadashellandwasntgonnatakeitanymoreisanunderstatement.Adecadeoffailureincountrymusic(andlife)madeitswayintoeverytrackofRedneckShit.AssumingcorrectlythatnolabelinNashvillewouldreleaseit,WalkercreatedhisownlabelanddistributedthealbumthroughNashvillesThirtyTigers.WhatcamenextwasthestuffofNashvillelegend.WithnosongsthattheFCCwouldevenallowonUSairwaves,thealbumdebutedat#9ontheBillboardCountryalbumcharts.(Becauseofitsfilthycontent,Billboardalsocategorizedtherecordasacomedyalbum,whichstillupsetsWheelertothisday.Nevertheless,thealbumdebutedat#1ontheBillboardComedyChartsandendedupbeingthe2ndbest-sellingcomedyalbumof2016,eventhoughWheelersays,Thisaintnofuckincomedyrecord...thisisreallife).FansfromacrossthecountrymusicspectrumflockedtoWheelersdontgiveafuckattitude.Oneofthem Nashvillehit makerShaneMcAnally evenwroteasongwithWheelerforhisfollow-up.Cutto2017:WithanarmyofHowardBeale-likefans,Wheelerisreadyingthereleaseofhisnewrecord,OlWheeler,outintotheworld.InanagewherethePresidentoftheUnitedStatesisbraggingaboutgrabbingwomenbythepussy,cananyonereallygetmadabout WheelerbraggingthathesthePussyKing?(Apparently,yes).ThebiggeststoryofOlWheeleristhateveryonethoughtRedneckShitwasaone-notejoke.ButOlWheelersomehowmanagestobeevenbetterthanitspredecessor.Withmorecomplexinstrumentation CobbandthesamebackingbandofsessionmenfromRedneckShitarebehindthenewalbum andmoreseriousthemesaboutlifeontheroadandtheexpectationsfrombeingNashvillesenemynumberone,Wheelerhasturnedhislifeintofilthyart.As herecentlyacknowledgedtoRollingStone,WheelerisconfidentthathisnewrecordwillgrabNashvillebythepussy.Andyes,incaseyouwereasking,thenewalbumisjustasdirty.Butsoistheworldaroundhim.Andasstoresandwebsitesacrosstheglobeboycotttherecord,itonlymakesWheelerbigger.Hesbringingahip-hopattitudetocountrymusic.OneofhisfriendsevenreferredtohimasKanyeTwitty.Sosure,goaheadandignorehim.ButitwillonlymakeWheeler andhisgrowingarmyoffans evenstronger.AshesingsonPoon,thealbumsclosingtrack,FuckyouMusicCity,wantthatsweetandpinkandpretty,gimmethatpoon.Ortoputitmoresimply,WheelerisreadytosetfiretoMusicRowandfuckyourwifewhileitburns.

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