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Beale Street to the Bayou

by Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

Contemporary power-house blues , funky 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' jam bands on the scene; the WildRoots
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1. Mighty Man
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2. Planet Earth
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3. Sold Down River
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4. Long Way to Go
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5. Blues in the Rain
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6. What You Want
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7. WildRoot Jam
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8. School of Hard Knocks
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9. Not Afraid
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10. Square
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11. Sweet Louise
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12. Blues Grass
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13. What'd I Say
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14. Beale Street to the Bayou
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Buy the hard copy of the CD and get the bonus track "What'd I Say", which is not available for downloading.

Produced, Arranged and Engineered by: Stephen Dees
Additional Engineering: Patricia Ann Dees, Rick Bailey
Mixed by: Bryan Bassett, Rick Bailey, Patricia Ann Dees
Mastered by: Bryan Bassett, Rick Bailey
Art Direction: Patricia Ann Dees, Stephen Dees
Artwork and Photography: Patricia Ann Dees
Additional Montage' Photography: Victor Wainwright, Wade Caldwell

1. Mighty Man
(Stephen Dees)

2. Planet Earth
(Stephen Dees)

3. Sold Down River
(Stephen Dees, Victor Wainwright, Josh Roberts)

4. Long Way to Go
(Stephen Dees)

5. Blues in the Rain
(Stephen Dees)

6. What You Want
(Stephen Dees)

7. WildRoot Jam
(Stephen Dees)

8. School of Hard Knocks
(Stephen Dees, Pat Travers)

9. Not Afraid
(Victor Wainwright, Amir Tal, Stephen Dees)

10. Square
(Stephen Dees)

11. Sweet Louise
(Stephen Dees, Victor Wainwright)

12. Blues Grass
(Stephen Dees, Victor Wainwright)

13. What'd I Say
(Ray Charles)

14. Beale Street to the Bayou
(Stephen Dees)

Tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7,10,14 Copyright (c) Stephen Leslie Dees Music/BMI
Tracks 3,9,11,12 Copyright (c) Stephen Leslie Dees Music/Victor Lawton Wainwright Music/BMI
Track 8 Copyright (c) Stephen Leslie Dees Music/Patrick Henry Travers Music/BMI
Track 13 Copyright (c) Ray Charles Unichappell Music Inc/BMI
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WildRoots
Victor Wainwright - Lead Vocals, Piano, Organ, Harmonica
Stephen Dees - Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Vocals, Percussion
Greg Gumpel - Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Brian Kelly - Drums

Extended Roots Members:
Patricia Ann Dees - Vocals, Co-Lead [trk 10], Sax, Bass [trk 12], Shaker
Ray Guiser - Saxophone
Alberto Cruz - Congas

Special Guests:
Josh Roberts - Dobro [trk 3], Slide Guitar [trk 4]
Mark Hodgson - Harmonica [trk 12]
Chris Stephenson - Organ [trks 2 & 6]
Amir Tal - Acoustic Guitar [trk 9]
David Turner - Cello
Ken Titmus - Trumpet
Bob Dionne - Trombone
Nisha Bevins - additional Vocals [trk 2 & 13]

Web/Contacts
WildRootsRecords.com
info@wildrootsrecords.com
myspace.com/victorwainwrightandthewildroots
Victor: VictorWainwright.com
myspace.com/victorwainwright
Stephen: bandees.com
sldmusic@mindspring.com
myspace.com/bandees


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Kay

A Cool, Funky Ride Down the River
Listening to Victor “Piana” Wainwright sing, you might guess that he is a big man. But you would probably be surprised to learn that he is relatively young to be roaring the blues like he does. From the first verse of the opener to the title track that closes the record, the “20-something” soulman’s vocals are front and center and he sings them like he’s lived every word. While he can wail about the fate of “Planet Earth” and bemoan the lack of progress on civil rights to the irresistible groove of “Long Way to Go,” he also croons sweetly about loss and heartbreak on songs like “Blues in the Rain” and “Not Afraid.” The Memphis (by way of Savannah) musician is equally impressive on the keys, where he can spin romantic fantasies as light as air like he does on “Mighty Man” or pound with conviction to punctuate heavier emotions.

With the exception of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” all the tracks were written or co-written by bassist Stephen “Cat Daddy” Dees, the record’s producer who, with drummer Brian “Machine Gunn” Kelly, also provides its strong heartbeat. The WildRoots are a tight band and they respectfully showcase Dees’ songs, but they are playful by nature (evidenced by their cover art and nicknames, among other things) and when given the chance to show off, they do. “WildRoot Jam,” a signature romp, lets them each stretch out a bit, especially Dees and extended Roots member Ray Guiser on saxophone. Guitarist Greg “Six String” Gumpel has a stinging touch that he applies to his unique and lyrical solos, notably on the lovely “Sweet Louise.” They jazz it up on “Square,” and enumerate their musical influences in “School of Hard Knocks.” (“B.B. and Muddy/ set down the rules/Get your education/ coming from the school of hard knocks.”) The rollicking “Beale Street to the Bayou” is sort of a biographical piece, charting the band’s journey from its origins in Memphis to New Orleans where they have become crowd favorites. It’s a cool and funky ride.

Xavier

The Road to the Bayou ...
VICTOR WAINWRIGHT : Voila un nouveau nom en provenance de Memphis Tennessee sur lequel il faudra désormais compter !

Né à Savannah en Georgie, le jeune Victor vient de publier son 2° CD "From Beale Street to the Bayou" un joyeux Gumbo de blues et de rock pimenté par une grosse poignée funky et un groove Soul que n'aurait pas renié Marvin Gaye en personne.


Fan de Ray Charles, de James Brown et de Jerry Lee Lewis, Wainwright s'en donne à coeur joie et enflamme son piano pour enjoliver tour à tour des histoires d'amour perdues et des sujets plus graves tels que la défense de notre belle Planète.


Excellent pianiste, superbe chanteur, Wainwright à parfaitement soudé son groupe The Wildroots pour attaquer la route qui relie le point de départ sur Beale Street à Memphis pour terminer sa course folle dans les Bayous du Golfe du Mexique.


From Beale Street to Bayou est sans aucun doute un des Grands Albums de cette année 2009, qui plus est, révélateur d'une des futures Etoiles du Blues...

Bryan Bassett, FOGHAT Guitarist/Mix Engineer

Beale Street to the Bayou
Every once in a while I get to work on a project that has all the right ingredients, great songwriting, stellar performances and great sonic range. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots new release "Beale Street to the Bayou" will take you on a "Blues" ride from the pumping soul beats of Memphis to the down home Blues of the deep south. I know you will enjoy listening to this CD as much as I enjoyed working on it.

Mark Hodgson

Beale Street Review
Power, Structure, Melody, Attention to Detail, Performance, Honesty, Chops, Passion......Brilliant Production...........this new set by Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots is as good as anything out there.....
[Mark ‘muddyharp’ Hodgson CEO Fugitive Poet Music, Recording Artist]

Honey Piazza

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots
Victor contacted me about 7 years ago when he was just getting started in the music. We discussed pianos and piano playing. Well, I can see he has done his homework. This is a powerful cd with loads of energy. His piano playing is exciting and soulful, along with his strong vocals. Victor is a blues star on the rise. Be sure and pick up on his new CD. [ Honey Piazza, Mighty Flyers]

Tommy Malone

Steeped in the Memphis Tradition
This is a great collection from a band obviously steeped in the Memphis tradition. And I grew up right down the river, so I think I know what it's supposed to sound like.
[Tommy Malone/subdudes]

Joseph Rupke

Stellar, rewarding, refreshing
These tracks are just as pleasing to the ear as they are to your spirit. Mature and thoughtful piano, guitar, and lyrics that beg your attention. Victor's voice rumbles through your ears and into your soul. More importantly, it is yet another creative stretch for this lyricist, turning from Piana from Savannah boogie woogie, to Blues Rain blues ballad. This is one of those albums you play at your house during a party just to see peoples heads turn. This isn't your daddies blues, this is young man's blues, and a another departure from the plastic music that makes it onto modern airwaves. Watch your step while listening to this, because it can very easily knock you onto your butt.

Eddie Zyne

Play it over and over!
Finally a blues CD I want to play over and over again. “Mighty Man” opens “Beale Street to the Bayou” to reveal the mighty voice of Victor Wainwright. The bass line that slides into track 2 is evidence that this record is given it’s strength by an amazing performance on bass by Stephen Dees. Listening to these tracks reminded me of all the blues bands that made music that I had to have. I really enjoyed the chord progression on “What you Want” because it gave a fresh approach to the usual pattern. A big surprise is the range of vocal dynamics displayed by Victor especially on “Not Afraid” and his duet with Patricia Dees on “Square”. The recording quality of this production is top notch, nods to Stephen Dees, Bryan Bassett and Rick Bailey. The fun thing about this CD is that you’re going to be treated to so many great blues styles, which is why it’s a great CD to keep letting it play in my car and iPod. This is one purchase that is paying big dividends in smiles and happy ears.