The DOVES -- "Confession"




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Published on Sep 19, 2016

I decided not long ago
That I would try to be the last one to know
To my surprise, I can’t say I don’t
She lied to me again

Jedediah, strong as a stone
He tried to hide, his heart was already broke
No one remembers the exact words he spoke
But now and then… ahhh, maybe…

At times, I confess…
At times, I confess…
At times, I don’t confess…

Lylah sighed and felt all alone
He said goodbye and grabbed his hat and his coat
So why would she not pick up the phone?
Or buy the milk for the baby?

At times, I confess…
At times, I confess…
At times, I don’t confess…

I will never leave or forsake you
Through all the trials you bear
And in your time of facing trouble, then I’ll be there

Belladonna, what have you wrote?
I touched the page, and got a chill to the bone
This masquerade just couldn’t go on
It’s time for it to end.

written by W. Wade & Trena Stooksberry II

The DOVES tip their hat to homespun Americana, while maintaining their distinctive disregard for boundaries and categories with their own “trans-genre” approach, in “Confession”: a song which is both lush and spare, utilizing a dolefully sweet signature on synthesizer to carry its tale of longing and betrayal, given life by Wade and Trena’s plaintive harmonies.

“Confession” is a nod to the couple’s early all-acoustic work together as The DOVES; echoing the melancholy lament of “Dirty Words”. It follows the more expansive pop-rock of recent offerings “Shut My Mouth”, “Wild and Strange”, “Mirage” “The Fine Line”, and “The Day You Were Born”; as well as the Brenda Lee-Connie Francis retro of “Why Did You Hurt Me?”, and the joyous gospel of “King of Kings”. Please visit The DOVES website for the complete catalogue of The DOVES, links to videos, and music downloads.

The video is taken, with apologies, from Stanley Kubrick’s breathtakingly beautifully cinematography in the appropriately somber masterpiece “Barry Lyndon”. The idea was to present images of courtly composure and dispassion, and there are no finer examples to set such a tone than those presented in that film.

W. Wade Stooksberry -- guitars, vocals, bass, keyboard "strings"
Trena Stooksberry -- vocals
Kyle N. Human: drums


CD Baby:



W. Wade and Trena Stooksberry (The DOVES) hail from beautiful Macon, GA – a town located an hour south of Atlanta, renowned for it amazingly rich musical heritage (Lena Horne, Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown, The Allman Brothers and Capricorn Records, Mark Heard, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of REM, et. al.), as well as its signature antebellum architecture, which was spared by Sherman during his march to the sea. Wade also claims musical DNA from his childhood in Memphis.

They have taken all these influences, and many more, to forge a sound both immediately familiar, and uniquely their own; spanning a gamut from Classic AOR to Adult Contemporary to New Wave, Blues, British Invasion, Southern Revival – and of course, being Southerners, Spiritual.

The DOVES have been capturing attention and acclaim from radio stations and bloggers both at home and abroad: New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, LA, Seattle, San Francisco; London, Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Paris, and elsewhere.

Call it “the superior arrangements… and perfect harmonies of the couple” (German blogger Walter H., “A Few Good Times in My Life”); call it

"Lush melodies, mystery and simplicity,
the profane and the sacred, driving
acoustic lyricism. The alternative to
the alternative”

We hope you enjoy "Confession", and will share it!

All the best,
Wade & Trena

Special thanks as always to the incomparable Joey Stuckey for his love and support and masterful mastering on "Confession".


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