VICTOR WINS BIG!

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.

Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots: www.vwwroots.com
“The Devil’s Bite” video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0jMQ75hWm4
Bling Pig Records: www.blindpigrecords.com

Victor Wainwright Theater Tour 2015

In just a few days, the WildRoots and I will be hitting the road on our first ever theater focused tour (SEE BELOW), spanning from the North East and into Canada. We are incredibly excited and we're really looking forward to the whole experience! Please SHARE this post! Special thanks go to Harty Wiedemann and Brian Slack for their tireless efforts and hard work in bringing together this special tour for us. This is just the beginning! We'd also like to thank all our friends and family for their continued love and support smile emoticon Below, you'll find our schedule for this tour, with the theaters in caps. Hope to see you guys out there soon!

10/22 Lizzie Rose, Tuckerton, NJ
10/23 Treme Islip, Long Island NY
10/24 LARCOM THEATRE, BEVERLY, MA w/ Eli Paperboy Reed Openinghttp://goo.gl/MRlhhe
10/25 Brickhouse, Portland ME
10/27 Nectars, Burlington, VT
10/28 Funk N’ Waffle, Syracuse, NY
10/30 VIOLETS THEATER, BARRIE ONTARIO, http://www.violetsvenue.com/
10/31 SHOWPLACE THEATRE, PETERBOROUGH, ON www.showplace.org/
11/5 MARINE CABARET, SOREL-TRACY, QC https://goo.gl/0AHDcm
11/6 LA BASOCHE, GATINEAU, QC http://goo.gl/S3Zdoj
11/7 JEAN-PIERRE-HOUDE, CHATEAUGUAY, QC, http://goo.gl/eIeBTk
11/10 THEATRE OUTREMONT, MONTREAL, QC https://goo.gl/KyhE5l
11/12 THEATRE LE PATRIOTE, ST-AGATHE DES MONTS, QChttp://goo.gl/xtHoSq
11/13 SALLE JEAN-LOUIS-MILLETTE, THEATRE DE LA VILLE, LONGUEUIL, QC https://goo.gl/x6f0i2
11/14 MAISON DE LA CULTURE FRANCIS BRISSON, SHAWINIGAN, QChttp://goo.gl/wYl3nG
11/18 Pub Limoilou, Limoilou, QC https://goo.gl/y4UiCA
11/19 SALLE PAULINE JULIEN, ST-GENEVIEVE, QC http://goo.gl/Rxze7Z
11/20 CENTRE CULTUREL DE BELOEIL, BELOEIL, QChttp://goo.gl/LJdWKg
11/21 LA PETITE EGLISE, ST-EUSTACHE, QC http://goo.gl/dR4bZR
11/22 Blueseed Studios, Saranac Lake NY
11/22 30 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh NY
*Photo by Donna Criswell

Victor Wainwright's New Album Top 10 Billboard!

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoot's new album, "Boom Town" debuted on Top 10 Billboard! This is a huge accomplishment, and we are very proud of Victor and his band. It is incredibly rare for any artist to be on the Billboard Charts, and Boom Town knocked it out of the park hitting #5! 

Other accomplishments for the album so far include: 

Living Blues Radio Debut at #5
RMR - Roots Music Report - #3 "Top 50 Blues" 2015
Roots Music Report "Tennessee" - #1
Sirius XM 74 "Bb King's Bluesville" #2 Pick to Click

May 30th CD Release Presenting Sponsors Announced!

We have a big thank you to give to our presenting sponsors!! Without these guys, our CD Release Concert on May 30th would not be possible! 

It’s always humbling to me the amount of support we are shown each and every day. We are truly blessed! In this case, our presenting sponsors are some of our biggest friends and fans. These guys are how we are able to keep this thing going! Thank you, each and every one of you. I am truly blessed to have the honor to call you friends.
— Victor Wainwright

Daytona Blues Festival | Blind Pig Records | Daytona Estate Jewelry | Maggie | Endless Blues Productions | Hilton Homewood Suites | Carbon Press | Elixir Strings 

HILTON HOMEWOOD SUITES OFFERS DISCOUNT AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR MAY 30TH CD RELEASE PARTY

Hilton Homewood Suites off of International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach, has been announced as one of several presenting sponsors for Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots CD Release Party, May 30th at the Daytona News Journal Center Theater!  Call now to reserve your King room with a nearly half off discount using the code word "Boom Town."  Say hello to our great friend and general manager, Kyra Woodward! 

TEL: +1-386-258-2828

165 Bill France Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114, USA

CD RELEASE PARTY MAY 30th

YOU ARE INVITED! BLIND PIG RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST: VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & THE WILDROOTS CD RELEASE PARTY MAY 30th

Location: Daytona Beach News Journal Center Theater

Tickets: CLICK HERE

PERFORMING 
Victor Wainwright – Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Hammond Organ 
Stephen Dees – Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals, Tambourine
Patricia Ann Dees – Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Co-lead Vocal 
Nick Black – Electric Guitar, Vocals, Co-lead Vocal 
Billy Dean – Drums
Charlie DeChant – Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone 
Ray Guiser – Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Kampa – Harmonica
Terrence Grayson - Bass Guitar 

Guest appearances: 
Rev Billy C Wirtz - Opening The Show
Beth McKee [Vocals] & Juan Perez [Percussion] from the Beth McKee Band
Anthony 'Packrat' Thompson - [Vocal/Harmonica] from Smokehouse
Robert 'Top' Thomas - [Guitar/Vocals] from Smokehouse and the WildRoots Records family of artists
Gerard Guido - [Hammond B3 Organ]

Presenting Sponsors For the Evening:
Pamela and Frank Carbiener
Mick Kolassa - Endless Blues Productions
Daytona Estate Jewelry 
Wade and Trish Caldwell
Homewood Suites

'Boom Town' ALBUM CREDITS: 
Victor Wainwright – Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Hammond Organ 
Stephen Dees – Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals, Tambourine
Patricia Ann Dees – Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Co-lead Vocal [Track 8]
Nick Black – Electric Guitar, Vocals, Co-lead Vocal [Track 3]
Billy Dean – Drums
Charlie DeChant – Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone 
Ray Guiser – Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Kampa – Harmonica

Special Guests on album
Chris Stephenson – Hammond Organ [Track 1] 
Beth McKee – BG Vocals [Track 5]
Juan Perez – Percussion [Track 5] 
Ernie Lancaster – Slide Guitar [Track 6]
JP Soars – Acoustic Lead Guitar [Track 10]
Robert ‘Top’ Thomas – Guitar [Track 12] 
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Produced, Arranged, & Engineered by: Stephen Dees
Co-Engineered by: Patricia Ann Dees & Rick Bailey
Mixed by: Rick Bailey
Recorded at WildRoot Farm Studios, Edgewater FL
Additional Recording at Soul Sway Studios, Memphis TN 
Mastered by: Bryan Bassett 
Art Direction: Stephen & Patricia Ann Dees
Design & Photography: Patricia Ann Dees
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Tracks
Boom Town 
Saturday Night Sunday Morning 
Stop Bossin’ Me Baby 
If It Ain’t Got Soul - Part 1 
When the Day is Done 
Genuine Southern Hospitality 
Two Lane Blacktop Revisited 
WildRoot Farm 
Piana’s Savannah Boogie 
The Devil’s Bite 
Reaper’s on the Prowl 
Back on Top 
WildRoot Rumble 
All songs written by Stephen Dees except
[Tracks 2&7] Stephen Dees/Victor Wainwright
[Track 9] Victor Wainwright

“When the Day is Done” is dedicated to Stephen Dees father, mother, and brother [Carl, Bettye, and Michael]
“Genuine Southern Hospitality” is dedicated to Ernie Lancaster - Rest in Peace

Victor Wainwright wins second straight Blues Music Award!

"WOW!!!  How can I possibly express how I'm really feeling? Three years in a row I've been nominated for a Blues Music Award. Starting last year, and now again this year, I've won the Pintop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. It's hard for me to believe that I deserve this. I humbly appreciate wholly everything that has come my way, and I will continue to do the very best I can!

I'm sure everyone realizes that I'm in no way a self made man. This is only possible because of all of YOU! Everyone in my family, my team and friends from all over the world have been pouring themselves into me and working so hard. They deserve a lot of credit. So I would just like to formally thank all of my family, friends, and fans for helping make a dream come true (twice)! Thank you God for blessing me with the talent and opportunities that I have been given. Thank you especially to my Mother, Father, and Sister, my Grandfather, and all of my family back in Savannah, Georgia. Thank you to Stephen and Patricia Dees with WildRoots Records, my touring family: Billy Dean, Nick Black, Will Hanlon, Damon Fowler, JP Soars, Chuck Riley, and Chris Peet, and to our professional team: Harty Weidemann, Rick Bailey, and Brian Bassett. I would also like to thank my colleagues who asked me to play piano on their records this past year; Including Brandon Santini, Jeff Jensen, Mick Kolassa and more!

I would like everyone to know that I am feeling great and that I promise to keep working tremendously hard, both on and off the road, carrying the blues piano tradition forward, both far and wide. 

God bless Pinetop Perkins and God bless everyone! I cherish you all and thank you so much for your continued support and love!"

- Victor

VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & THE WILDROOTS PROVE TO BE BIG WINNERS AT THREE BIG FESTIVALS BACK TO BACK!!

THREE BIG WINS

1. L'IMPÉRIAL DE QUÉBEC 2. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU BLUES DE TREMBLANT 3. THE NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL

NEW SHOW REVIEW "Translated"; Quebec City. Written by Celine Lajoie Tatieblues

I was already in love with Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots since their first visit to Quebec in 2012. Well, I renewed my vows on July 8 at Petit Imperial, and I'm not the only one. The Imperial was a full house and I believe that every person was left with love for this group in their hearts. We enjoyed the happy, healing, therapeutic blues. Victor Wainwright is originally from Savannah, Georgia, he now lives in Memphis, TN. He is also the winner of the 2013 and 2014 Pinetop Perkins Blues Music Award. He is a talented pianist and offers blues music with a generous fervor.

The WildRoots are an incredible team of energy on stage. Nick Black, 25, is on guitar. He has won 2 Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Awards with his band and his album, The Soul Diaries. Excellent guitarist; He has a beautiful voice and gives us inspired solos. It is he who opens the show with a song where he presents each musician. Victor Wainwright then enters the scene where he takes up all the space in the proper sense of the term, with his imposing stature and his showmanship. I was fully enthralled with the stage performance of each musician, particularly Wainwright who made us laugh with his facial expressions and his histrionics on the piano while offering an incredible performance. Each song is like a sketch, a little comedy in itself… musical theater. It was lovely and as Victor said, “The blues piano has many variations, and he offered us his show, hoping that the next day we get up, we take life 5% less seriously.”

He played a superb boogie explaining precisely the variations of piano blues, among others, at a time when there were pianists in the train yards and lumber mills, the pianist would play fast because it often lacked tuning or piano hammers and it took playing a lot of notes quickly as to fly over the broken ones. There was also strong playing to bury the train and work noise. Victor also sang Same Old Blues. What a magical moment! Little piano, a hot solo by Nick Black and Victor who went into the room to sing a cappella. We were in love, conquered, if it is possible to be more than we were already.

After such a frenzied first part, do not think for a second that these musicians showed any sign of fatigue. They returned with redoubled energy to present their latest album, Family Roots. Magnificent! Inspired roots, New Orleans rhythms. Again, we enjoyed ourselves but we had moments of intense emotion that I again felt while listening to the album that has not finished being my favorite. In total silence from the crowd, as we rarely see, Victor sang with his beautiful and powerful voice, it was delightful. Other songs like Get Behind the Mule and Rubies & Diamonds have beats that I love, as well as Minnie The Moocher and St. James Infirmary Blues. His version of Same Old Blues also captured the Blues Music Awards in 2013, which is on the album which makes it all the more precious.



In closing I want to also talk about the other musicians, the cohesion of the group is beautiful. At times, when we think the blues energy is at its peak, the musicians still come with more. William Hanlon is the young bassist with the band for 2 years, and he is a blast of energy, exploding on stage. Billy Dean on drums is seamless efficiency, whether in explosions of musical power or just the way he lightly touches the cymbals. 

For their encore we sang in choir I'll Fly Away, written in 1929, and now with Victor. The gospel sang us a room of joy where he still put his heart with long moments of a cappella… very emotional. A rapid instrumental closed the show to get us out of the trance, and happy where he plunged us to begin with.

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