See The Big Man Cry

Robert Rex Waller Jr.

PRODUCED BY CARLA OLSON | Robert Rex Waller Jr. ~ vocals | Mike Clinco ~ guitar | Paul Marshall ~ bass, harmony vocal | Benjamin Lecourt ~ drums, percussion | Skip Edwards ~ piano , accordion|Kaitlin Wolfberg ~ violin, viola, cello | Mikal Reid ~ guitars | Carla Olson ~ guitar, harmony vocal | Paul Lacques ~ guitar |Matt Von Roderick ~ trumpet |

PRODUCED BY CARLA OLSON | Robert Rex Waller Jr. ~ vocals | Mike Clinco ~ guitar | Paul Marshall ~ bass, harmony vocal | Benjamin Lecourt ~ drums, percussion | Skip Edwards ~ piano , accordion|Kaitlin Wolfberg ~ violin, viola, cello | Mikal Reid ~ guitars | Carla Olson ~ guitar, harmony vocal | Paul Lacques ~ guitar |Matt Von Roderick ~ trumpet | John York ~ 12 string guitar | JD Walters ~ pedal steel guitar|Stephen McCarthy ~ lap steel guitar|Gia Ciambotti ~ harmony vocal|Gregg Sutton ~ harmony vocal | Recorded by Mikal Reid assisted by Lee Escobar| Recorded by Paul Marshall | Mixed by Mikal Reid | Mastered by Brian Foraker| A&R / Saul Davis

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1. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore 
The Walker Brothers/Frankie Valli/Neil Diamond (artists) 
Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio (writers) 

2. Girl Of My Dreams 
Bram Tchaikovsky (artist) 
Ronnie Thomas (writer) 

3. There’s No Living Without Your Loving 
Manfred Mann, Gene Pitney, Willy Deville (artists) 
Mike Anthony, Barry Mann (writers) 

4. I’ll Never Dance Again 
Bobby Rydell, Herman’s Hermits (artists) 
Paul Kaufman, Jerry Harris (writers) 

5. Let Her Go Down 
Steeleye Span (artist) 
Peter Knight (writer) 

6. Easy Loving 
Freddie Hart (artist and writer) 

7. Tougher Than The Rest 
Bruce Springsteen (artist and writer) 

8. A Woman’s Touch 
James Intveld (artist) 
James Intveld and Gary Nicholson (writers) 

9. Amanda Ruth 
Rank and File (artist) 
Chip and Tony Kinman (writers) 

10. My Favorite Loneliness 
Original by Robert Rex Waller Jr. and Paul Marshall 

11. See The Big Man Cry 
Charlie Louvin, Chris Gaffney (artists) 
Patsy Ann Bruce (writer) 

12. Reconsider Me 
Margaret Lewis, Johnny Adams, Narvel Felts (artist) 
Margaret Lewis, Mira Ann Smith (writers) 

13. Gypsy Rider 
Gene Clark & Carla Olson (artist)  
Gene Clark (writer)

Praise for Waller’s first solo album “Fancy Free”

Any fear of how some songs would fit are soon dispelled as Waller Jr. ups his game to deliver an album I will be playing for a long, long time. He doesn’t just cover the songs but in a number of cases it will be his I reach for first in the days to come as the definitive version.” --Maurice Hope, Americana UK

“With his distinctive vocal style and sensibility that harkens back to a time in the ’70s when what we now call Americana was gaining form, his first solo album is, oddly enough, one of covers...Fancy Free takes us on a soundscape of exuberance and heartache,
and much in between.” Amos Perrine, No Depression

“Robert Rex Waller, Jr., opens his upcoming album with a version of Utah Phillips’ Walking Through the Snow In Your Town. He elevates the hobo folk song original into a country masterpiece that would send George Jones straight to the bottom of his whisky glass.” —Twangville

Praise for Waller’s Contributions on “Americana Railroad”

“Robert Rex Waller Jr. brings us a Springsteen-esque delivery of the very poetic and powerful ‘Midnight Rail’” —Take Effect

“Robert Rex Waller Jr. of I See Hawks in L.A. makes two standout appearances, with Rank and File’s cowpunk raver ‘The Conductor Wore Black’ (with Rank and Filer Chip Kinman on guitar) and a rawboned take on Steve Young’s ‘Midnight Rail.’ —No Depression


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Robert Rex Waller Jr. and Carla Olson have been collaborating on stage and in the studio for years. Their duet of “Bossier City” appeared on I See Hawks in L.A.’s Shoulda Been Gold in 2010, Waller was a featured artist on two songs on Olson’s Have Harmony, Will Travel (2013), and the two have long enjoyed singing together at shows around L.A. See The Big Man Cry is the culmination of their collaboration, and the second time Waller has recorded an album under his own name. In his solo work, Waller enjoys experimenting with new genres and exploring the work of songwriters and vocalists he admires. For STBMC, Carla and A&R man Saul Davis pulled tunes from across the musical landscape to feature Waller’s vocal range from deep baritone to upper tenor.

On See The Big Man Cry Waller delivers covers of pop and rock from Bobby Rydell and the Walker Brothers to Bram Tchaikovsky and Bruce Springsteen. It also includes country and Americana songs from Charlie Louvin and Freddie Hart to Gene Clark and Rank & File. There’s even an original by Waller and Hawks bassist Paul Marshall penned to meld with the style of the covers.

Olson and Davis assembled an all-star cast of L.A.’s finest Americana musicians to bring these songs to life. The musicians on this album include Waller’s Hawks cohorts Paul Lacques and Paul Marshall as well as John York (The Byrds, Doug Sahm), Benjamin Lecourt (The Wallflowers), Skip Edwards (Dave Alvin, Dwight Yoakham), Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders, The Jayhawks), Mike Clinco, Matt Von Roderick and Kaitlin Wolfberg. Freddie Hart’s original pedal steel player JD Walters adds his signature sound. Harmony vocals were sung by Gia Ciambotti (Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen) and Gregg Sutton (Joe Cocker, Barry Goldberg) as well as by Carla Olson.

In describing the concept behind the album Davis says, “If you like Raul Malo, Gene Pitney, or Randy Travis you will love this album. If you like the Cactus Blossoms, Jamestown Revival or the Milk Carton Kids you will love this album.” Other inspirational records include: Bryan Ferry’s These Foolish Things, Another Time ~ Another Place, and As Time Goes Time, Sandie Shaw’s Reviewing The Situation, BJ Thomas’s Nightlife, and David Bowie’s Pin~Ups.

See The Big Man Cry is designed and sequenced like The Rolling Stones album Tattoo You or Rod Stewart’s Atlantic Crossing. Here we have a pop and rock “side” and an Americana and country “side.” Thematically the record navigates the sadness and pain of love and loss but with hopeful acknowledgment of the healing power of music.

This latest solo effort comes on the heels of Waller’s two well received contributions to the BMG multi-artist and Olson-produced Americana Railroad (2021). Olson has also produced albums by Jake Andrews, Barry Goldberg, Paul Jones, Phil Upchurch, Joe Louis Walker, and Mare Winningham as well as individual tracks by artists ranging from Otis Rush to Billy Joe Royal to Dave Alvin.

See The Big Man Cry will be released on October 20th, 2023. 

For more information about the album or Robert Rex Waller Jr. please contact 
US Promo:  Kim Grant 
Euro Promo: Geraint Jones at