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Showing posts with label Wildroots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wildroots. Show all posts

Friday, June 5, 2015

Blind Pig records artist: Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots - Boom Town - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Boom Town from Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots and he just keeps getting better! Opening with title track, Boom Town, a cocky strut, Wainright leads the way on piano and vocals. He not only has a great voice and acclaimed piano skills but a focused ability to take you places with his lyrics. Excellent! Rock and Roller, Saturday Night Sunday Morning really kicks up the dust and Billy Dean on drums, Stephen Dees on bass and Ray Guiser, Patricia Ann Dees and Charlie DeChant on sax hold tight as Wainwright hammers the white right off of the keys. What a rocker! Boss rocker, Stop Bossin' Me Baby stays in the rockin' beat and really kicks. Wainwright is known as one of the best boogie piano players of today's generation and with his solid vocals he's likely to stay on top for a long time. Stephen Dees and Nick Black lay down some hot guitar riffs on this track pushing Wainwright to keep it hot...not a problem! Funky, New Orleans flavored, If It Ain't Got Soul - Pt. 1, has a smokey flavor with Stephen Kampa on harp and Wainwright and Black on vocal. Laying out some hot Hammond on this track, Wainwright adds to the funk for one of the best tracks on the release. When The Days Is Done has a field revival sound with really nicely blended vocals of Wainwright, Dees, Black and Beth McKee. Really strong! Genuine Southern Hospitality gets that "Little Feat" funk going with some really nice slide work from Ernie Lancaster. Wainwright may be known mostly for his excellent piano work, but his vocals are so superb that he could front most any blues band. Two Lane Blacktop Revisited is a great rockin' piano boogie. Stilladog, this track has your name written all over it! Taking the tempo way down, Wildroot Farm has the feel of a Dr. John track with Patricia Ann Dees trading lead vocals with Wainwright. A cool 40's style slide with Kampa taking a nice lead line on harp, another solid track. Piana's Savannah Boogie is a real rolling piano boogie and a wide open opportunity for Wainwright to establish again why he's on of the absolute top boogie players today. Excellent! JP Soars takes the lead guitar on The Devil's Bite which has an almost Django like acoustic chord part. A great story track, excellent guitar riffs and just a great groove! Reaper's On The Prowl is a cool mix of early western/surf soundtrack, a great driving rhythm guitar and over the top vocals. Very cool! Shuffle track Back On Top, features Robert "Top" Thomas on guitar blended nicely with Kampa on harp. Cool Texas style guitar riffs and rolling boogie piano this track is really nice! Wrapping the release is WildRoot Rumble which is a freewheeling rocker with a hot drum ride from Dean joined by soloing harp by Kampa, cooking piano solo by Wainwright, slashing guitar soloing from Black and Dees, eventually breaking into a full on Mamba and then back to a circle of soloing and back again to a driving boogie. The release is a smokin' hot rife. Turn it up and jump on!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

New release from rising roots music star!
Blind Pig Records has released Boom Town, the latest CD from Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots.
Wainwright has been making a name for himself in a big way as one of the most exciting keyboard performers on the roots music scene. Known for his potent boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, roots rock 'n' roll, and a voice that recalls Dr. John and Leon Russell, he's also a two-time winner of the coveted Blues Music Award for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year."

Wainwright is a raucous, high-octane dynamic performer and a crowd pleaser with soul to spare. As American Blues News put it, "he is always entertaining and madly talented.  You will never see Victor play a room and not go over with the crowd in a big way."  He's backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest smokin' bands around.

Boom Town is highlighted by excellent songwriting, musicianship and production, and a unique and edgy sound that captures the energy of the band's live shows.  With the release of this tour de force of American blues and roots music, Victor's star will surely continue to rise.  
Upcoming Tour Dates for Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots:
May 30 Daytona Beach, FL The Davidson Theater
June 12 Marietta, GA Darwin's
June 14 St. Simons Island, GA Lighthouse Grounds
June 19 Clarksdale, MS Groubnd Zero Blues Club
June 20 Henderson, KY WC Handy Blues & BBQ Festival
June 23 Kankakee, IL Moose Lodge
June 24 Chicago, IL Buddy Guy's Legends
June 25 Mishawaka, IN Midway Tavern
June 26 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
June 27 Cadiz, OH Blues For A Cure
July 16 Panama City Beach, FL Summer Music Series
July 17 Birmingham, AL Ranelli's
July 18 Merigold, MS Crawdad's
July 19 Memphis, TN Levitt Shell at Overton Park
July 24 Durham, NC Blue Note
July 25 Washington, DC Madam's Organ
July 26 Lake Harmony, PA Pennsylvania Blues Festival
July 27 Ellicottville, NY Ballons
July 29 Tuscarawas, OH Canal House
July 31 Woonsocket, RI Chan's
August 1 Damariscotta, ME Dam Blues Fest
August 3 Rockland, ME Time Out Pub
August 6 Magnolia, DE Jonathan's Landing
August 7 Ellicottville, NY Balloons
August 8 Ellicottville, NY Balloon
August 9 Wheeling, WV Heritage Music Bluesfest

For more information, and a taste of the album in a short video from Victor, please click HERE.  To order dowloads from iTunes  please click HERE.   To order from Amazon, please click HERE