Former Fayettevillian ‘Welles’ to return to George’s Thursday

Welles / Courtesy photo

A former standout of the Fayetteville music scene has gone and got himself famous. Later this week, he’ll return to town for his first show since he moved away.

Jeh-sea Wells, who made a name for himself locally in Fayetteville bands Dead Indian and Cosmic American, will perform with his new project, simply called Welles, on Thursday, June 21 at George’s Majestic Lounge.

Wells, just 23, has been popping up all over the place since he moved to Nashville to focus on music a few years ago after graduating from John Brown University.

Here he is, for example, on Consequence of Sound around the time he released his 2017 EP Codeine. Here he is performing a full set for Paste Magazine in New York, also last year. Here he is recording a Daytrotter session.

He recently released his debut full length album, Red Trees and White Trashes, last week, and the George’s show next week will kick off the tour to promote the new record.

The album, produced by Beau Boggs (Jamey Johnson), Bobby Emmett, and Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell) is only a few days old, but has already received some high praise. NPR Music this month boldly predicted the new record “has the heft and complexity to likely earn a few Grammy nominations.”

Nice work, Jeh-sea.

Tickets to the Fayetteville show are $12, on sale now at George’s ticketing site.

Welles – Life Like Mine

Welles – Red Trees and White Trashes