John Wesley Harding: Man Of Many Callings

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John Wesley Harding's name holds a wealth of historic references. Born Wesley Stace, he was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The folk-pop songwriter then adopted his stage name from the 1967 Bob Dylan album, in which Dylan famously misspells the name of the Old West gunslinger, John Wesley Hardin.

With a Dylan-esque panache and the borrowed irreverence of his Western namesake, it's no surprise that Harding's strength lies in his pointed lyrics and biting humor. Hinting at influence from Elvis Costello and Ray Davies, he shares his cynical observations through catchy, amusing melodies.

Never one to limit himself, Harding took a five-year hiatus from music to write two critically acclaimed novels. Now that he's back, Harding is as sharp as ever. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead is his first rock album since 2004's Adam's Apple. Recorded with The Minus Five, it is the result of a new found musical freedom, which Harding discusses during a session with host David Dye.

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
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John Wesley Harding
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Rebel
Released
2009

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