Having already conquered country music, in true outlaw fashion Wheeler Walker Jr. sets his sights on rock and roll for his new album Ram, but he doesn’t forget his roots.
On Ram, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, and Guns N’ Roses serve as Wheeler Walker Jr.’s north stars in this new era. “I used to be the king of country. Now I'm gonna be the king of rock 'n' roll,” brags Walker Jr. He continues, “Dan + Shay used to be my competition. Now it's Greta Van Fleet. Same shit, different day.”
The follow-up to last year’s Sex, Drugs & Country Music, Ram is WWJ’s boldest effort yet, answering the eternal question – WWWWJD? And the answer is, just about anything he damn well pleases. It’s a hard charging hurricane of a country rock album and is every bit as pummeling, raunchy, and riotous as his finest work. “It’s pretty intense,” Wheeler says of the 10-track, Dave Cobb-produced record, which is full of ass-kicking anthems with Walker Jr.’s usually subtle titles like “Born To Fuck,” “Fuck This Job” and “Fingerblast.”
If there’s one thing Walker Jr. loves, it’s the two things in the title of the first song released to tease the record, “Money ‘N’ Bitches,” in which he poetically proclaims in the opening lines that “Some people work ‘cause they like their job, but I’m only here so I can feed my hog.” I don’t think he’s talking about his pet pig either. It was the first taste of the rebel rocker’s new album, and it went down easy like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader on a quarterback. Pontificating on the song, which serves as a notably heavy departure from the classic country music that he usually deals in, Wheeler explained, “I make music for two reasons. So I just figured enough with the metaphors and just sing it.” If only all rock stars were this honest.
Another thing Wheeler knows for sure is he loves himself “...a booty that breaks the pole,” as he declares in “Dumptruck,” the second track released from Ram. And he cannot lie. Coming clean about the dirty little ditty, Walker Jr. says “I’m sick of songs that glorify women’s breasts. I wanted to show that I was a true feminist so I wrote a song glorifying their butts.” Of the song’s tasteful music video, which looks like he had absolutely no fun making, he gushes, “Music videos were so much better in the '80s. They were fun. Not woke and preachy. So I said ‘Let’s make something fun.’ So we made a video with a bunch of asses jiggling. What’s more fun than that?” It’s a video that would make Motley Crue both proud and jealous.
The new album is self-released, something Wheeler Walker Jr. probably doesn’t have to worry about much with all the ladies hanging around his gigs.