Badger/The Sign on the Wall



“Badger”/“The Sign on the Wall” is a suite in three movements — a ‘Mini Rock Opera’ inspired by Blake’s “The Proverbs of Hell”; takes a political turn in the middle; and finishes with a theological observation inspired by John Stuart Mill.

Album Notes:

Back in the olden days, when Trena and I were in the midst of a nascent Alternative scene in the radically idiosyncratic musical hotbed of mighty Maconga (Macon, GA), there was an accompanying 60s revival/resurgence that neatly dovetailed with that scene — the first real wave of retro-60s flower power and psychedelia, expressed in tie-dyed shirts, sold out Grateful Dead shows, and a fashionable affinity for the hippy-trippy dance jams of their admirers and emulators... (read more at

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Shake Me Up

The Doves

“Shake Me Up” by The DOVES: three and one half minutes of pure 20th-Century Pop Rock.

The DOVES 23rd CD Baby release is a bopping exercise in “20th-Century Pop Rock.” “Give me a cup of wonder” -- but for goodness sakes, “don’t say nothin’ to ‘Shake Me Up’”. Please enjoy the video for this song at the following url:

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Thanks, all the best, and God bless — Wade & Trena The DOVES

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The Doves

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

“The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.” — Soren Kierkegaard, “The Sickness Unto Death”

“We know now that the modern world is coming to an end… at the same time, the unbeliever will emerge from the fogs of secularism. He will cease to reap benefit from the values and forces developed by the very Revelation he denies… Loneliness in faith will be terrible. Love will disappear from the face of the public world (Matt. 23:12), but the more precious will be that love which flows from one lonely person to another… The new age will declare that secularized facets of Christianity are sentimentalities. This declaration will clear the air. The world will come to be filled with animosity and danger, but it will be a world open and clean.” — Romano Guardini, “The End of the Modern World” (1956)

“I will restore to you the years     that the swarming locust has eaten…

“And it shall come to pass afterward,     that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,     your old men shall dream dreams,     and your young men shall see visions.   29 Even on the male and female servants     in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” — Joel 2:25(a); 29-32 (ESV)

“You found the reason for your strife Now you’re paying for it with your life. You have wasted everything. But you never really joined the inner ring…

Mystified that it ain’t clear why you missed all your lines And every sign…” — “Wasted”, The DOVES

"Wasted" video:

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Mastered at Shadow Sound Studios (Macon, GA, USA) by the incomparable Joey Stuckey:

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The Doves

“Indigo”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity.

“You ain't never been blue; no, no, no, You ain't never been blue, Till you've had that mood indigo.” — Duke Ellington, “Mood Indigo”

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” — Genesis 1: 6-8

“Water rushes to meet ya Water at your feet. I wish that all the water was indigo…” — The DOVES, “Indigo”

“Indigo”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity.

“Indigo” video (copy and paste url in browser):

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The DOVES (husband and wife duo W. Wade & Trena Stooksberry) have been garnering favorable reviews and airplay around the world for several years now. The DOVES music has been featured on “Ice Cream Man Power Pop” (“the number #1 show on Podomatic”), and "The Lopsided World of Jonathan L (2-time "International Radio Personality of the Year”) — broadcast in Berlin, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Manchester (UK), Phoenix AZ (USA), et. al. And many, many more radio programs and blogs, from Los Angeles to New York to Europe to Australia. A partial list of radio stations, shows, and blogs that have featured or reviewed The DOVES material is available at the “Press/Reviews” tab on our website. Many are featured in the video for the “gently sardonic” single “Facebook Famous”:

In the words of Dan Herman, of “Radio Crystal Blue”: (The DOVES) definitely have something unique up their sleeves…”

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Do Something Clever

The Doves

“Do Something Clever”, the latest single from Macon, GA’s The DOVES, finds the duo in “noir” territory. A danceable expression of the menace that lies just beneath the surface of civility…

The DOVES follow up the “daily dose of dread, despair, (and) paranoia” of “If I Fall” with “Do Something Clever”, which explores the noir-ish territory of understated malice that lurks just behind the facade of civility.

“ ‘Do Something Clever’ perhaps conveys a little bit of the widespread perception that our society is ready to burst apart at the seams. Everywhere, it seems, there is an air of incivility and divisiveness and malice and mistrust, fueled by ignorance and bias and unexamined presuppositions and beliefs, Left and Right, Blue state and Red; which are largely unchallenged by those that cling to them…”

Do something clever, and join The DOVES in dancing your way a little closer to the apocalypse with “Do Something Clever”.

"Do Something Clever" video (copy and paste url in browser):

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“If I Fall” video:

Words, music and vocals: W. Wade Stooksberry II Vocals: Trena Stooksberry

Mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios):

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If I Fall

The Doves

“If I Fall” by The DOVES: a dose of dread, despair, and paranoia; expressed in crunchy power chords, and set to a relentless tribal tom-tom beat.

“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” — Ecclesiastes 5:5

We all have a debt that we are unable to pay. We are all bankrupt before the Holiness of God, who created time, space, matter and energy by expressing His infinite and eternal mind through His Word. And we all have a benefactor in the Person of Jesus Christ, who is the “Word become flesh”, and who has paid the sin debt of each of us, individually, from His limitless resources.

"There’s no time for payment, due for that received — but it has come. And I am bankrupt. If I Fall — what saint will rescue me? If I Fall…

Think twice — think about your friends’ advice. Think twice about your friends." ...

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” — Matthew 6:12

Words, music, guitars, bass, vocals: W. Wade Stooksberry II Drums: Maxwell “Al” Gore Rhythm

Tongue-in-cheek Video (copy and paste url in browser):

Alternate Video (copy and paste url in browser):

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Mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios; Macon, GA):

“If I Fall” blog entry:

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Maybe Tomorrow

The Doves

“Maybe Tomorrow”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a 3-minute blast of pop “Driving Acoustic Lyricism.” “Maybe Tomorrow… is the day that we’ve been waiting for.”

I used to love going to the fair as a kid. In Memphis, there were two: the Mid-South Fair, in the Fall, held at the old Fairgrounds with its heirloom, rickety old wooden roller coaster, called “The Pippin” (which a quick search reveals still exists, though now relocated in Green Bay, Wisconsin); and in the Spring, there was the Cotton Carnival, held along the riverfront, on the banks of the mighty Mississip’.

One of my favorite rides was called “The Matterhorn” (or, alternatively, the “Ski Bob”, among other names). It was a simple concept; 2-passenger cars arrayed on a circular track, that changed a few feet in elevation over its course, making a graceful curve maybe 10 or 15 high at its apex, the circle itself perhaps 50 feet or so in diameter. I recall being propelled backwards on the ride, at speeds approaching that of sound (at least, it felt that way). And the cool thing was that they blasted the hit music of the day — anything from Cream to Jimmy Hendrix to Lep Zep to Grand Funk Railroad, et. al. — at airplane engine levels, with you pulling your 7 Gs and generally violating the laws of physics. The whole affair presided over by the ride’s operator, who traditionally was missing digits or limbs, or had an eyepatch, or any combination thereof. And bore tattoos — which were not conventional, in those days. The ride was both a rush, and curiously relaxing, as its motion was a steady, elegant circuit; the only changes being the pleasant sense of acceleration and deceleration to and from its top speed.

For some reason, that ride is what I think of when I listen to “Maybe Tomorrow”. I think it would be a good fit for it, blasting out over the sound system in accompaniment to the breezy blur of high momentum.

“It is our duty to be optimistic — but the pessimist has more information.”

“Maybe Tomorrow” things will look better than today. “Maybe Tomorrow” will be a brighter day. “Maybe Tomorrow” all your work will finally pay.

Or maybe today…

The song features Trena’s characteristically strong vocal, and is the most nearly a truly co-written effort and collaboration to date. We’ve had songs that I’ve written, that Trena has sung (e.g., “Why Don’t You Love Me?”). And songs written by Trena, that I’ve had a hand in arranging (“Everybody’s Happy But Me”, “Why Did You Hurt Me?”, “Kiernan’). And, of course, Trena has been strongly involved in all the songs, from a creative standpoint — lyrics, structure, harmonies, etc. But “Maybe Tomorrow” is a song that has been kicking around in my repertoire for years. A while back, I had trotted it out, and Trena began singing alternate verses to it. Soon, we had re-structured the song to make it her own, and began playing it live. Now it’s recorded for posterity. And for amusement park rides the world over…

“Maybe Tomorrow” video (copy and paste urls in browser):

Words and Music: W. Wade and Trena Stooksberry Vocals: Trena Guitars, bass, vocals: Wade Drums: Max Machineman

Masterfully mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios):

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By and By

The Doves

The DOVES offer something new, and something vintage, with their “By and By” collection. Eight songs that range from Moody Blues-ish pop/rock [“By and By”, “Being Or Not (Being)”]; to 70s dance funk (“Let me Go”); to Nashville-flavored “gently sardonic” (“Facebook Famous”); the award-winning “Confession”; and a timeless ballad (“Kiernan”). With two ‘80s era DIY bonus tracks, for good measure [“Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)”; “By and By (1989)”].

The DOVES 14th release is their second album compilation, and first since 2014’s “Day (One)”. “By and By” finds the duo looking backward and forward: the titular track, for example, is offered as both an updated version of a track from the couple’s “salad days”; as well as the original track, featuring Trena on bass, David Goldberg on drums, and William Barton on lead guitar [“By and By (1989)” — mastered, as all tracks are, by the incomparable Joey Stuckey]. “Facebook Famous” turns a gently sardonic eye toward the vagaries of social media. “Let Me Go” features 70s-style dance-funk rhythms, with a special guest appearance by “Charleston Heston” delivering spoken, un-ironic modus profundo. “Confession” reprises the award-winning rumination on loss and betrayal, soon to be featured on the “Macon Music v. III” compilation. “Kiernan” is Trena’s sweet ode to her 2-year-old grandson. “Being Or Not (Being)”, like “By and By”, harkens back to the couple’s early days; another Moody Blues-ish romp that asks the age-old question posed by Shakespeare’s Danish prince in “Hamlet”:

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?"

The addition of the bonus track “Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)” rounds out the collection: a Jam-inspired, genetically Southern (i.e., early REM-ish) pop-rocker produced for a local music video show during Macon, Georgia (USA)’s nascent alt-rock days.

All tracks are available as YouTube videos. Links are at The DOVES website, or urls may be copied and pasted, below. Much more info is accessible in the comments for the videos; many of which link to blog entries on the website.

We hope you enjoy spanning the over 30 years that this body of work represents. Thank you, and God bless —

Wade and Trena, The DOVES

"By and By"

"Facebook Famous"

"Let Me Go"



"Being Or Not (Being)"

"Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)"

"By and By (1989)"

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By and By

The Doves

The DOVES anthemic new single: “By and By”.

“While we were talking, now — I grew much older. Seems like a knot in time suddenly came untied…”

(Watch the video for "By and By" at: )

In my youth, I became preoccupied with the desire to hop aboard the “Rock and Roll Rollercoaster”, and ride it to some distant, dark, and veiled land of undefined fulfillment and contentment. A notion, that, it seems, is “common as a sparrow”.

I took all the obligatory preliminary steps in pursuit of that desire and dream: learned to play the guitar (serviceably — taking care not to kill passion with technical proficiency, though in reality, there was little danger of that); took up drinking, smoking (both filtered and “non”), and the pursuit of physical pleasure; maintained a long, tenuous relationship with higher education that ultimately ended in divorce; and embarked on a lifestyle defined by a series of low-skilled jobs — everything from ditch-digger to waiter to retail to security guard, and all things in between — punctuated by periods of unemployed idleness, which afforded the opportunity to read widely, listen intensely to the music of the day, carouse the nightlife of Macon and Atlanta, and document the imprint of these experiences through a growing list of original songs.

By 1989, I was certain that God, fate, or both — the two were a little jumbled in my mind, at that time — would smile upon my endeavor. I had assembled a band, which was centered around my artistic relationship with a female bassist of unsurpassed intuition, and stalwart Scottish temperament. Her name: Trena McRae. We had been working together for 4 or 5 years. Not only was she a beauty, but she truly liked and admired the music I was writing (most of it…), and had an intuitive feel for it, utilizing her superb talent as a vocalist in interpreting the bass lines she invented. So smitten was I with her looks, her intelligence, her knowledge, her talent (she could command a room with her performances of Childe Ballads), and a sort of feminine, working class toughness that was novel and intoxicating to me, that I later made her my wife (or did she make me her husband?) and she has remained so for 25 years.

We partnered with a drummer that I had seen playing in a jam band around town, who I enlisted in making a song for a local video show. It was recorded under the auspices of the legendary Paul Hornsby, at his Muscadine Studios. A hundred dollars did the trick, if I recall; the song was “In My Town (Blood Southern Streets)”, and I may put the video up on YouTube one of these days, if I can ever get it formatted correctly... (please continue reading at our website: )

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