I See Hawks In L.A.’s Robert Rex Waller Jr. steps out on his own again with See The Big Man Cry, taking inspiration from iconic cover records that came before. Produced by Carla Olson.
Drawing inspiration from cover records like Bryan Ferry's These Foolish Things, Sandie Shaw's Reviewing The Situation, BJ Thomas's Nightlife, and David Bowie's Pin-Ups, Robert Rex Waller Jr.'s See The Big Man Cry celebrates the spirit of musical diversity. The album follows closely on the heels of Waller's well-received contributions to the collaborative multi-artist album Americana Railroad. With a musical palette that spans the realms of pop, rock, country, and Americana, Waller takes on an eclectic array of classics, from Bobby Rydell and the Walker Brothers to Bram Tchaikovsky and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen.
See The Big Man Cry transcends genres and embraces the heritage of American music. The album pays homage to the giants of country and Americana, featuring songs from Charlie Louvin and Freddie Hart to Gene Clark and even influential cult heroes, Rank & File. If you’re a fan of artists like Raul Malo, Gene Pitney, or Randy Travis, this album is tailor-made for your ears. But alternatively, if you find solace in the sounds of the Cactus Blossoms, Jamestown Revival, or the Milk Carton Kids, this record might just find a place in your heart too.
The album's design and sequencing borrow a page from some other greats as well, using the Rolling Stones' Tattoo You and Rod Stewart's Atlantic Crossing as blueprints. Divided into a pop and rock "side" and an Americana and country "side," See The Big Man Cry invites listeners on a journey through the emotional landscapes of love and loss, all underscored by a hopeful acknowledgment of the healing power of music.
For Waller, known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of L.A. local faves I See Hawks In L.A. for two decades, See The Big Man Cry marks his second solo outing. It's an opportunity for him to stretch his musical muscles, experimenting with new genres and paying homage to songwriters and vocalists who have left a mark on his soul. The album features a stellar cast of musicians, including Waller's Hawks cohorts Paul Lacques and Paul Marshall, along with a lineup of John York, Benjamin Lecourt, Skip Edwards, Stephen McCarthy, Mike Clinco, Matt Von Roderick, Kaitlin Wolfberg, and Freddie Hart’s pedal steel player, JD Walte.