I can't precisely recall when I wrote The Wild West, I think it was early 2009, but it was one of the songs that defined the direction I wanted to take with this new album and pursue a back-to-the-roots-sound.
This song talks about going back to your roots. I left my 'roots' some 20 years ago when I left Ypres (Belgium) to go and study in Leuven. I never came back... I grew some new roots there but everytime I'm back on my birthground, I'm happy to be there. I'm home. That's what this song is about. The West-Flemish hills of my youth.
It's also the song where I play the most fun guitar solo I've ever played. This solo has stayed with the song since the very first demos. It's a country lick that I played on my Fender Telecaster plugged into my 1978 Twin Reverb. I also play accordion on the song and Alex plays the mandola. These instruments give the song the zydeco-touch I was aiming for.
Read lyrics here