Robert Rex Waller Jr’s ‘See The Big Man Cry’ Showcases His Vocal Range

I See Hawks in LA frontman Robert Rex Waller Jr. and Carla Olson have been collaborating on stage and in the studio for years and the two have long enjoyed singing together at shows around L.A.

See The Big Man Cry, which arrives on October 20th, 2023, is the culmination of their collaboration, and the second time Waller has recorded an album under his own name. In his solo work, Waller enjoys experimenting with new genres and exploring the work of songwriters and vocalists he admires.

For STBMC, Olson and A&R man Saul Davis pulled tunes from “across the musical landscape” to feature Waller’s vocal range from deep baritone to upper tenor.

On See The Big Man Cry Waller delivers covers of Pop and Rock from Bobby Rydell and the Walker Brothers to Bram Tchaikovsky and Bruce Springsteen.

It also includes country and Americana songs from Charlie Louvin and Freddie Hart to Gene Clark and Rank & File. There’s also an original track by Waller and Hawks bassist Paul Marshall written to blend with the style of the covers.

Olson and Davis assembled a wide cast of L.A. Americana musicians to bring these songs to life. The musicians on this album include Waller’s Hawks cohorts Paul Lacques and Paul Marshall as well as John York (The Byrds, Doug Sahm), Benjamin Lecourt (The Wallflowers), Skip Edwards (Dave Alvin, Dwight Yoakham), Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders, The Jayhawks), Mike Clinco, Matt Von Roderick and Kaitlin Wolfberg.

Freddie Hart’s original pedal steel player JD Walters adds his signature sound. Harmony vocals were sung by Gia Ciambotti (Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen) and Gregg Sutton (Joe Cocker, Barry Goldberg) as well as by Carla Olson.

In describing the concept behind the album Davis says:

If you like Raul Malo, Gene Pitney, or Randy Travis you will love this album. If you like the Cactus Blossoms, Jamestown Revival or the Milk Carton Kids you will love this album.

This latest solo effort comes on the heels of Waller’s two contributions to the multi-artist and Olson-produced Americana Railroad (2021).

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