Wyler Delray takes that as a compliment saying “I’ve always been different and my songs combine the best elements of both genres” he went on to say “Most modern country artists sing Rock songs with Country overtones-but me-I’m just the opposite-I write and sing Country songs with Rock overtones-“There is a difference”.
“A Face In The Crowd” is Delray’s second album, released on his own Ho-Made Records label. Along with his debut album “Self-Made Fool” was proof that the Central Illinois native could write, perform, and record a collection of his original songs, and establishing himself as a new talent well worth the listener’s attention.
Born and raised near Peoria, Illinois-Wyler grew up listening to traditional country music. He recalls waking up every morning listening to the like of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Buck Owens, on the radio. However, it was the Outlaw movement that flipped the switch for the young Delray. “When I heard Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and David Allan Coe, I was hooked-I had found my music heros” declared Delray. “I became obsessed with the singer/songwriter type artists” and when I heard guys like Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and Billy Joe Shaver-I knew what I wanted to do”.