The DOVES provide a gently sardonic take on social media with the Nashville-flavored “Facebook Famous”:
Following up on “Confession”, a doleful glimpse into longing and betrayal, The DOVES turn their attention to the vagaries of social media with the tongue-in-cheek “Facebook Famous”. It follows the more expansive pop-rock of recent offerings “Shut My Mouth”, “Wild and Strange”, “Mirage” “The Fine Line”, “The Day You Were Born”, and “Pulse”; as well as the Brenda Lee-Connie Francis retro of “Why Did You Hurt Me?”, and the joyous gospel of “King of Kings”. Please visit The DOVES website (www.thedovesamerica.com) for the complete catalogue of The DOVES, links to videos, and music downloads.
“Facebook Famous” video:
The other night I was wondrin’ what to do
I don’t know why, but I began to think of you
It’s been some time so my memory is hazy
I got to wondering if you were still as crazy
as you were back before — was it 1995, or ’84?
An algorithm is a very sexy thing
I typed your name in, just to see what it would bring
And there you were, with your life in all its stages
The videos and fresh updates went on for pages
You’ve found your nerve, and I see you went to Vegas
And every word you type is “liked” a hundred times —
you’re facebook famous!
What’s your next venue? Maybe I can head that way
I’d love to see you, but I don’t what to say
Oh, we can talk about our kids and all their babies
And how that CERN has opened up the gate to Hades
And whether dudes should use the bathroom with the ladies
And then we’d use our phones to put it all online —
and be facebook famous!
The more connected we become, the more the space is
And where the groups all become one, that’s where our face is
It won’t be long until I don’t know what a “place” is
I’ll be a streaming virtual reality —
That’s facebook famous!
Mastered by Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios):
- Wade Stooksberry II: guitars, bass, keyboard strings, vocals, production
Trena Stooksberry: vocals
Kyle N. Human: drums
“Facebook Famous” adds another evocative element to the The DOVES growing catalog:
The “musical smorgasbord” of their 6-song EP, “Day (One)” which ranges from acoustic lament (“Dirty Words”), to guitar-driven New Wave (“Day”), to electronic synth (“Some More Than Others”), to glorious chorale (“Out of the Wood”), to “grunge meets Latin in Motown” ("Angeline"), to soulful blues (“Everybody’s Happy But Me”) –
their follow-up “double-sided single” of catchy pop-rock, “Wild and Strange/Shut My Mouth” –
and their more recent offerings, “Mirage” (a galloping reflection on the boundaries of reality: is our world really a “Mirage”?) and “The Fine Line” (the pathos involved with choosing to “walk the line”, a la Johnny Cash – or not to).
The DOVES express an effortless shifting of musical genres that confirm what Dan Herman of Radio Crystal Blue remarked on the “Novus Ordo” broadcast of 12/07/14: “they have something unique up their sleeve…”.
- Wade and Trena Stooksberry (The DOVES) hail from beautiful Macon, GA – a town located an hour south of Atlanta, renowned for it amazingly rich musical heritage (Lena Horne, Little Richard, Otis Richard, James Brown, The Allman Brothers and Capricorn Records, Mark Heard, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of REM, et. al.), as well as its signature antebellum architecture, which was spared by Sherman during his march to the sea. Wade also claims musical DNA from his childhood in Memphis.
They have taken all these influences, and many more, to forge a sound both immediately familiar, and uniquely their own; spanning a gamut from Classic AOR to Adult Contemporary to New Wave, Blues, British Invasion, Southern Revival – and of course, being Southerners, Spiritual.
The DOVES have been capturing attention and acclaim from radio stations and bloggers both at home and abroad: New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, LA, Seattle, San Francisco; London, Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Paris, and elsewhere.
Call it “the superior arrangements… and perfect harmonies of the couple” (German blogger Walter H., “A Few Good Times in My Life”); or call it
"Lush melodies, mystery and simplicity,
the profane and the sacred, driving
acoustic lyricism. The alternative to
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