Wheeler is currently in production on his third album with legendary country music producer and Grammy Award winner David Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell). This album follows Ol’ Wheeler, Wheeler’s sophomore album which debuted in 2016. To date, Wheeler has sold over 110,000 albums worldwide. The entire list of tour dates and where to purchase tickets can be found at www.WheelerWalkerJr.com
Wheeler moved to Nashville in 2000, with dreams of Garth Brooks in his head, confident that his golden voice and poetic songs would make him an instant star. Wheeler’s first album – the unfortunately titled “No Love For the City” (his ode to preferring country life over city living) – featured a picture of Wheeler giving a thumbs down in front of the World Trade Center. Although the album was full of hard-driving, hook-laden honky-tonk, the record was released on 9/11/01 and had to immediately be pulled from store shelves. Of course, this mishap was not Wheeler’s fault… but the next decade of missteps certainly were: sleeping with record company presidents’ wives, burning down the women’s restroom at the Grand Ole Opry, and getting dropped by label after label for refusing to censor his music.
In 2015, Wheeler reached out to his old Kentucky pal Sturgill Simpson for the name of a producer who would let him record his music the way he wanted to: Sturgill suggested Grammy award winner Dave Cobb, who produced Simpson’s first two albums. A friendship was born, and Wheeler emptied out his bank account, wrote a check to Cobb, and the rest is history. Walker created his own label and distributed the album through Nashville’s Thirty Tigers.
“Redneck Shit” debuted at #9 on the Billboard Country album charts. (Because of its filthy content, Billboard also categorized the record as a “comedy” album, which still upsets Wheeler to this day. Nevertheless, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and ended up being the 2nd best-selling comedy album of 2016.
Fans from across the country music spectrum flocked to Wheeler’s “don’t give a damn” attitude. One of them – Nashville hitmaker Shane McAnally – even wrote a song with Wheeler for his follow-up.
09/13 Washington DC Union Stage
09/27 Pittsburgh, PA The Club at Stage AE
10/11 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
10/17 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
10/18 Detriot, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
10/19 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
10/20 Flint, MI The Machine Shop