Performing Live in Support of New Self-Titled Album on Ruf Records
Victor Wainwright will be performing locally with The Train Horn Section at THE BANK & BLUES on Thursday, March 29th and Friday March 30th in a 2 Night Long Album Release Party.
Multiple award-winning boogie-woogie blues pianist-vocalist Victor Wainwright kicks off his 2018 U.S./Canada Spring/Summer Tour in support of just-released album Victor Wainwright & the Train, published on Ruf Records, with a Record Release Party at The Bank & Blues, 701 Main St., for two big nights, Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30.
Showtime: 9:00pm each night, Tickets are $48.00 for Reserved Seating and include new CD. General admission seating is $38.00 for each night.
Ticket and performance Information can be received by calling (386) 252-9877 or visit https://daytonabeachmainstreet.com/venue/the-bank-blues-club/.
Also joining Wainwright and his band onstage: Star horn players, Doug Woolverton (trumpet) and Mark Earley (alto, baritone sax).
It had to be a train. The name of Victor Wainwright’s new band – and the sleeve image of their debut album – is also the most fitting of metaphors. In music folklore, the train might have associations with the freight-hopping bluesmen of yore, but with this restless boogie-woogie innovator stoking the furnace, this latest project is a charging locomotive – surging forward, crashing through boundaries of genre while sweeping up fresh sounds and clattering headlong past the doubters.
As the man himself hollers in the ivory-pounding title track: “If you wanna boogie get aboard this train/Get yourself a ticket or get out of the way…” At a sweet-spot in his career, where most established stars would rest on their laurels, Victor Wainwright & The Train instead rips up all that has gone before. The twelve tracks are originals in every sense, written by Wainwright, pricking up ears in a sterile music industry and stretching the concept of roots in bold directions.
“I wanted to write this new music mostly on my own,” Wainwright explains, “as it was coming and speaking to me. I believe that for roots music to grow, and reach out to new audiences, we have to push it forward.” The result is an album that walks a tightrope between scholarly respect and anarchic irreverence. You’ll hear Wainwright twist boogie-woogie tradition on barrelhouse thrillers like “Healing” and “Boogie Depression,” both driven by his visceral piano style. But you’ll also hear him fearlessly explore the gamut of genre, from the Latin flavours and New Orleans horns of “Wiltshire Grave,” to the mellow near-psychedelia of “Sunshine.” It’s a musical cocktail served up by Wainwright’s inimitable gravel-flecked vocal.
His words can be hilarious, as on “I’ll Start Tomorrow,” on which he postpones his doctor’s clean-living advice. But they can also be heartfelt, on the gospel-tinged kiss-off of “That’s Love To Me”. “I’ve tried to write songs that remind us to love ourselves,” explains Wainwright. “It doesn’t matter who voted for who, what your religion is, who you love…” On this white-knuckle ride, only The Train could keep the material on the tracks. “I ended up with a hit-squad of downright amazing musicians that shared my curiosity for all corners of the roots genre. We wanted to capture how we feel performing, right smack-dab on this record, and I believe we’ve done that. Now I just try to keep up.”
In truth, Wainwright has always been an artist that sets the pace. Born into a musical family in Savannah, Georgia, the formative influence of his father’s vocals and grandfather’s rolling boogie-woogie piano compelled him into a life of music. By 2005, he’d announced his talent with solo debut, Piana’ From Savannah, while his central role in Southern Hospitality and partnership with Stephen Dees in WildRoots has seen him ignite stages and stereos for over a decade. Among his numerous accolades: In 2013 and 2014, Wainwright won the ‘Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year’ at the Blues Music Awards. Also in 2013, his collaborative album, Easy Livin’, made the Top 10 in the U.S. Billboard Top Blues Album Chart.
“Looking back on your career is a tough thing to do,” he says. “Challenges are many, and frequent, but when you get it together, it can also be extremely rewarding.” A man of many talents, Wainwright is a composer, producer, vocalist, piano player and award-winning entertainer. A long-standing leader of the boogie-woogie pack, he could refer you to his BMA and Blues Blast trophies, or a catalog that has repeatedly hijacked the Billboard Top 10. But rather than dine out on past glories, this questing artist would rather you joined him for the ride ahead. “Of course, I still have songs on this album that are just about kicking ass and taking names, like The Train,” he laughs. “But if you listen to the lyrics, what I’m really saying is, we got to get on the train and move forward together.”
What The Media Is Saying Victor Wainwright:
“Wainwright serves as an electrifying guide to a good time-spinning tales, telling his listeners how to beat the blues, and meticulously conjuring raw soul and energy out of his acoustic piano. He displays a sharp sense of humor and a knack for storytelling… every track is brilliant.”
“Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over! Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world class-entertainer and vocalist.”
“Savannah, GA native Victor Wainwright is all about boogie-woogie piano, deep soul, and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a blues star, a tremendous player.”
CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE
“Victor Wainwright, winner of this year’s Pinetop Perkins Award at the BMA’s, is a force to be reckoned with on a piano. He IS honky-tonk and boogie, with a dose of rolling thunder. Wainwright’s playing is simply beautiful madness.”
AMERICAN BLUES SCENE
Victor Wainwright & The Train – Upcoming Live Shows & Special Events
March 29/30 (Thur/Fri) THE BANK AND BLUES Daytona Beach, FL
March 31 (Sat.) BRADFORDVILLE BLUES CLUB Tallahassee, FL
April 1/2 (Sun. /Mon) PARADISE BAR & GRILL Pensacola Beach FL
April 3 (Tues) BLUE BAMBOO ARTS CTR. Winter Park, FL
April 4 (Wed) ENGLEWOODS ON DEARBORN Englewood, FL
April 5 (Thur.) BUCKINGHAM BLUES BAR Ft. Myers, FL
April 6 (Fri.) THE BLUE ROOSTER Sarasota, FL
April 7 (Sat.) FUNKY BISCUIT Boca Raton, FL
April 8 (Sun.) SPRINGING THE BLUES Jacksonville Bch FL
April 18 (Wed.) CANADIAN CORPS UNIT 44 HALL Thorhold, Ontario
April 20 (Fri.) SALLE PROMUTEL ASSURANCE Montmagny Que
April 21 (Sat.) SALLE SAGUENAY Saguenay, Que
April 23 (Mon.) ROCKLAND PUB Rockland, ME
April 26 (Thur.) LA BASOCHE Gatineu, Que
April 27 (Fri.) SALLE SANCTUAIRE DE ST. JAX Monteal, Que
April 28 (Sat.) LA BASOCHE Gatineu, Que
May 24 (Thur.) TRALF Buffalo, NY
May 25 (Fri.) RUSTY RAIL Mifflinburg, PA
May 26 (Sat.) MADAMS ORGAN Washington, CD
May 27 (Sun.) ROOSTER WALK MUSIC & ARTS FEST Martinsville, VA
June 9 (Sat.) GREELEY BLUES JAM FESTIVAL Greeley, CO
June 23 (Sat.) RIVERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL Ft. Smith, AR
July 2 (Mon.) NANTUCKET DEAMLAND Nantucket, MA
July 4 (Wed.) BLUES IN THE BARN Kingfield, ME
July 5 (Thur.) MUSIC SERIES Norwich, ME
July 10/11 (Tues./Wed.) MONT-TREMBLANT BLUES Mont-Tremblant Que
July 13 (Fri.) KALAMAZOO BLUES FESTIVAL Kalamazoo, MI
July 14 (Sat.) LIGHTHOUSE BLUES FESTIVAL Kincardine, Ontario