J Wagner is a songwriter from Austin,Texas who spends the majority of his time writing songs and driving alone in the U.S. to perform them.
Raised in the deserts of New Mexico and one time Park Ranger of Joshua Tree National Park, Wagner often draws his lyrics from this desert landscape. His song “If I Go, I’m Goin, has been covered by the country artist, Bart Crow, by the Denver symphony orchestra, and also appears on Season Four of the TV show, Californication. He co-writes often with his long-time friends Gregory Alan Isakov and Ron Scott. Two of these co-writes appear on his new 2014 release, The Runaway Kid. Wagner has been dubbed “A number one best bet” by the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News has called him “A Texas folk music staple”, and the Austin Chronicle gives “The Runaway Kid” a perfect “Four Stars” and refers to Wagner as “A commander of words and Ideation”.
See J Wagner’s website here.
“J Wagner is a songwriter’s songwriter. His songs have the sound of love found, love lost and life beginning again. He is a true troubadour in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Towns Van Zandt.” – Nancy Paddock – Nightflying Music Magazine
“The Number One Best bet for Austin TX.” – The Austin American Statesmn
“J. Wagner is able to create little musical landscapes that you want to visit over and over. Album opener “I’ll Let You In” perfectly demonstrates the power of his songs: not a word too much, not a note out of place.” – Jeroen Smeekens – listmtome.com