TBS Presents BB King Entertainer of the Year (2016) Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots
VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE WILDROOTS (MEMPHIS TENNESSEE),
SATURDAY , APRIL 8, GEORGE'S ROADHOUSE
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DUCKY'S (536-1344)$15 IN ADVANCE AND $20 AT THE DOOR
(WITH A SPECIAL STUDENT PRICE OF $10 AT THE DOOR ONLY, ID REQUIRED).
Blues, Roots Rock and Soul, featuring the high-octane boogie piano and soulful vocals of Victor Wainwright and backed by one of the most gifted bands on the scene: the WildRoots. With the release of BOOM TOWN, their latest record, they’re poised to ignite blues/roots fans with a sound that’s infectious and impossible to ignore. As Victor and producer/writer Stephen Dees celebrate 10 outstanding years of musical partnership that began with Wainwright's 2005 solo debut PIANA' FROM SAVANNAH, they’re teaming up once again to deliver a blues and American roots tour de force. After the 2011 release of the critically acclaimed record LIT UP!; The WildRoots are back and they're toting another musical triumph in BOOM TOWN.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Victor's childhood was filled with music. Surrounded by a musical family, Victor found himself emulating his Dad's vocals and Grandfather Jessie's boogie-woogie piano playing. Over the last decade he has broadened his artistic scope to encompass nearly every corner of the Blues. Victor’s star is definitely on the rise, having won the coveted Blues Music Award as “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014, as well as anchoring the acclaimed group, Southern Hospitality, whose “Easy Livin’” release made the Top 10 on the Billboard blues chart.
On the fourth new record BOOM TOWN, in addition to Victor Wainwright on Lead Vocals, Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, and Hammond Organ; and Stephen Dees on Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals, they’ve assembled an outstanding ensemble of musicians: Patricia Ann Dees on Tenor Saxophone and vocals, Nick Black on Guitar and Vocals, Billy Dean on Drums, Stephen Kampa on Harmonica, Ray Guiser on Tenor Saxophone; and Charlie DeChant on Baritone and Tenor Saxophone.
“After putting a tremendous amount of time, effort and passion into this project, we’re extremely proud of the final recording. I’m excited that we are teaming up with the renowned Roots and Blues label Blind Pig Records to deliver what we feel is our best album yet!" [Victor Wainwright]
"It's hard to follow the speed limit while this one's playing... Pinetop Perkins would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]
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 Notes]
“…a riotous, intoxicating run through all kinds of exciting blues territory. The gifted Memphis-based boogie-woogie piano player is backed by the expert WildRoots Band-ablaze with jumping beats, lively saxophones, and some spine-tingling guitar work. Every track is brilliant. Producer Stephen Dees gets it right.” [Living Blues Magazine].
"Wainwright wrote or co-wrote nine of these gems; producer/writer Stephen Dees gets creative credit on 12. These fellows make a great team when it comes to being innovative in a genre that too often sounds repetitive. Lit Up is a knockout album that runs the gamut of blues styles with no weaknesses." [Ken Rosenbaum ToledoBLADE.com]
"...wherever you put down the needle, it's just pure, dead, brilliant." [Zeitgeist - United Kingdom]