About Wes Sheffield
Raised in a small town tucked away in North Mississippi, Wes quickly developed an affinity for the soulful sounds for which the South has always been famous. On an errand with his grandfather to replace a tire for a bicycle, he spotted an acoustic guitar for sale in the hardware store. After fevered assurance to his grandfather that the purchase wouldn’t be in vain, they left with a bicycle tire and guitar in tow.
After a year of trial and error with the acoustic, Wes saw a video of Jimi Hendrix playing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock. Absolutely mesmerized by the wildly dressed man playing in such a passioned way on an electric guitar, he knew that the acoustic just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. “I had never even heard of Jimi Hendrix. I was eleven years old and I grew up in a house where the radio was more likely to play The Police and Elton John than The Beatles or much less, Hendrix,” he recalls.
He set his sights on an Olympic White Stratocaster, just like Jimi’s. “I know it’s a cliche, now but it was very genuine. That was it. I had to have a Strat. After that, there was nothing else in the world to me, for a really long time.” Wes played locked in a shed behind the house all through middle school until high school brought new opportunities. “I met Alaun Comer my first day of freshman year. He had guitars.. plural. On top of that, he wrote and recorded his own songs?! I couldn’t believe it. He really gave me the audacity to push myself as a player and to begin writing my own material. He is a brilliant writer and performer, so I had the bar set pretty high very early on.”
Upon graduating high school, Wes went to Berklee College of Music to pursue academic musical training. He moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to see some of the rest of the world, alone, at 19. “I was both elated and terrified. I had no car, no apartment, no job leads, and no money of my own. Naive.. is the word. It was, to say the least, a learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.” After six months in L.A., Wes moved back home to Mississippi to pursue his music career. Some years later, Wes has established a reputation for haunting live performances of his original material and carefully selected covers. Capturing the attention of Tupelo native Adam Grace, who is a key member of Truth and Salvage Co., the two teamed up to put forth Wes’ first studio effort, Fever.