Luther Black and the Cold Hard Facts
Longer Than a Country Mile
World Won't Wait
The Ghost That's Chasing Me
Luther Black and the Cold Hard Facts take listeners along on a soul-searching journey told through the eyes of a road-worn traveler who has experienced life’s ups and downs and lived to tell the tale.
In Luther Black’s persona, singer-songwriter-producer Rick Wagner writes honest, plainspoken songs straight from the heart with a nod towards Outlaw Country’s founders Willie, Waylon, Johnny and Kris. But while country music’s traditional themes of lonesomeness, restlessness, heartache and, of course, drinking are evident throughout the songs, this is by no means a traditional country act. Like Jason Isbell, Shooter Jennings and other contemporary Outlaw Country artists, Luther Black and the Cold Hard Facts proudly wear their rock influence on their sleeve while at the same time showing a strong affinity for country and folk music. Soaring guitars and string arrangements pop up just as surely as do the twang of a baritone guitar or dobro, forming a bittersweet sonic landscape that perfectly suits the raspy voiced singer’s tale of survival in an upside down world. From the reflective opening track “59” to down and dirty blues rockers like “Trouble” and “Proof” to the heartland rock of “Backroads” a mystical mood runs throughout as the contemplative singer bares his soul and confesses his sins. Sometimes the truth hurts.