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bob wayneAside from essentially having two first names, BOB WAYNE and CHARLIE DANIELS have a lot in common. Both share an affection for the banjo and the fiddle, a slightly nasal vocal delivery, and a robust storytelling style. As for Wayne, his fourth album OUTLAW CARNIE just hit stores via Century Media, and is something worth a listen.

Carrying on a tradition of "Outlaw Country" made famous by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., and Willie Nelson, Bob Wayne finds himself going from hustling CD-r's from the back of his car to the national stage. With songs like "Mack," the story of a truck driver that finds himself mixed up with the wrong crowd, "Love Songs Suck," with it's classic pedal steel lead, and "Chatterbox" with it's tales of questionable women (including one "that did the whole damn band"), OUTLAW CARNIE takes a pure, yet somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at American life - specifically that of life on the road.

There's an interesting moment near the half-way mark in which "Ghost Town" uses the ghost of JOHNNY CASH as a plot device, with The Man in Black coming into play to save a few lives. On the very next track, Wayne channels the vocal delivery of CASH on "Reptile" in a not-so-subtle tribute.

Closing things out is "2012," an end of the world tale that may or may not indicate a belief in the Mayan prophecy that the world will implode sometime next year. If that's the case, that certainly doesn't bode well for record sales... but as stated, "Maybe 2012 ain't the end at all, but a new beginning for us all..."

Rating: 3/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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