Wainwright Wins Big At Thirty-Seventh Blues Music Awards
The magnetic Victor Wainwright, the biggest rising star in American blues and roots music, took home two of the biggest prizes of the evening at the Thirty-Seventh Blues Music Awards presented in Memphis by The Blues Foundation last night.
Further establishing himself as the key artist to know in contemporary honky-tonk and boogie-woogie blues, Wainwright was awarded the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Award on Thursday night. In addition, his group Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots were named Best Band on the strength of their 2015 album Boom Town (Blind Pig Records, now owned by The Orchard).
Boom Town debuted at number 5 on Billboard’s Blues Sales chart upon release in June 2015 and has earned high critical praise. Living Blues magazine said: "Listening to Boom Town is like walking into a party that will never end. This eight-piece band specializes in supercharged blues and boogie-woogie piano, smart and sophisticated arrangements and an all-consuming passion for delivering songs with confidence and joy." The haunting new video for “The Devil’s Bite” is currently creeping out viewers on YouTube.
It was not the first victorious night at the Blues Music Awards for Wainwright, who previously won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award in both 2013 and 2014—a particular honor for Victor, having been personally mentored by family friend Perkins himself. The Savannah, Georgia native now based out of Memphis already has amassed a discography five albums deep, with Blind Pig the proud home of the two latest, Boom Town and the album Easy Livin’ by his other band Southern Hospitality.
Blind Pig co-founder Jerry Del Giudice was proud to congratulate the artist. “Working with Victor Wainwright and watching him evolve into an electrifying performer, solid songwriter and consummate musician has been very rewarding,” he said. “Victor has a deep respect for this uniquely American art form, a genuine love for his audiences and the intelligence and heart of a true artist.”
The entire Blind Pig Records family and its new leadership team at The Orchard are proud to congratulate Victor Wainwright for his multiple award-winning night. Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots are on tour this summer. Check www.vwwroots.com for dates.