Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots
Power-house blues, Memphis soul, and roots
rock’n’roll. Featuring the high-octane boogie piano
and big soul sounds of vocalist and blues man Victor
Wainwright, backed by one of the tightest smokin’
bands on the scene; the WildRoots.
Victor, along with producer/bassist/co-writer
Stephen Dees have teamed up once again to deliver a
blues and American roots ‘tour de force’. In short,
they have scored another musical Bull’s Eye! On the
heels of their critically acclaimed debut release
“Beale Street to the Bayou”; their new CD “Lit Up”
is poised to ignite blues fans with a freshness and
flair that’s infectious and impossible to ignore.
Victor Wainwright, singer, pianist, “hepcat” from
Memphis, Tennessee by way of the Savannah, Georgia;
is a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd
pleaser with soul to spare. After earning what he
calls a "double major in Boogie, a Ph.D. in Swing
and a master's in Rhythm," the "Piana' from
Savannah" is making a name for himself in a big way.
Stephen Dees is a rock n' roll aficionado, touring
and-or recording as bassist and vocalist for Hall
and Oates, Todd Rundgren, Pat Travers, and Foghat to
name a few. He was a Billboard and MTV char-tee with
his band Novo Combo, and has received great acclaim
for his original rock band "Bandees."
The boogie blues "piana" player and savvy pop-rocker
met in 2004 in Ormond Beach FL, where they were both
on the bill of a benefit concert. Very impressed
after hearing each other perform and finding that
they had a common love for blues, R&B and roots rock
‘n’ roll out of the '50s and 60's, such as B.B.
King, Ray Charles, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis
Redding, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little
Richard; they discussed the possibility of
collaborating on an original recording project for
Victor; paying homage to the music that has
influenced them. Dees agreed to produce and co-write
what would become Wainwright's 2005 release, "Piana
from Savannah". "...it's hard to follow the speed
limit while this one's playing... Pinetop Perkins
would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]
After the release of the “Piana’ from Savannah” CD,
and some outstanding live performances, they knew
they had something special and decided to forge a
more enduring working relationship. Victor
Wainwright and the WildRoots were born.
The WildRoots debut CD, "Beale Street to the Bayou,"
was released in September of 2009; launching a
successful radio promotion which landed them stellar
reviews as well as charting #7 on the Root Music
Report “Top 50 Blues”, #2 on the Blues Internet
Charts, and #8 on the Tennessee Roots Charts. In
addition, they hit #4 on Europe’s Collectif des
Radio Blues Charts.
“Victor Wainwright, wields a mighty left hand
and a robust vocal delivery that brims with the
very spirit of the blues. [Sheryl & Don Crow -
Nashville Blues Society]
“Extremely diverse with great songwriting,
exceptional arrangements, flawless playing and
vocals soulful enough to make Otis Redding sit
up and take notice” [Bill Wilson - Billtown Blue
“Victors’ piano playing is exciting and soulful,
along with his strong vocals. Victor is a blues
star on the rise. ” [Honey Piazza, Rod Piazza
and the Mighty Flyers]
Their follow up CD “Lit Up” will be released on June
7th, 2011 and serviced to over 600
commercial and non-commercial radio outlets in
conjunction with a worldwide tour in support of the
Returning WildRoots alumni includes Greg Gumpel on
guitar, along with Ray Guiser & Patricia Ann Dees on
saxophones; and introducing Billy Dean on drums.
“Lit Up” Pure dynamite, set to explode, highly
combustible, and ready to roll!
Get “Lit Up” June 7th 2011