When Darrin Wells’ grandfather gave him his first guitar at the age of 5, neither had any idea where that guitar would lead. Wells, a Basehor-Linwood High School graduate, now writes his own music and plays the guitar for his band, the Darrin K. Wells Band. While that guitar from his grandfather has been retired, Wells still keeps it as a valuable memory of his musical beginnings.

Wells describes his music as country in genre and draws upon his personal experiences to write music for his band. In 2010, his dad died and songs seem to come pouring out of him.

“I wrote 25 songs after he died,” said Wells. “It was like therapy for me and it helped my soul feel better.”

Wells is now recording a CD in a DeSoto, Kansas, music studio. Six songs are already complete and the CD, titled “The Devils Are Gone,” is scheduled to be released this fall. A tour will follow the release of the CD.

According to Wells, his songs are about life and what happens along the way and it is the simple things in life that truly matter. Those things help him write relevant songs, even though they may be painful to revisit. He also draws upon the love for his son for inspiration.

“I like to write songs that mean something to me,” Wells said. “I get satisfaction of playing music that people can relate to. It is like a time capsule of emotions and memories. Sometimes those can be hard on the soul.”

Some of Wells’ music relates to his high school years in Basehor, where he entered the school talent show and came in second place. One of his songs, “To Be 17 Again,” has lyrics about the carefree days at BLHS when life was much less complicated. It has lyrics about burning rubber, high school football games and feeling wild and free.

Wells performs in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Dates can be found on his Facebook page, the Darrin K. Wells Band.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com