2019 Grammy Nominated power-house blues, Memphis soul, and roots rock ’n’ roll bluesman, the sound features the high-octane boogie piano and big soul sounds of vocalist and bluesman Victor Wainwright, backed by one of the tightest, smokin’est bands on the scene; the Train.
Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, and sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward. Composer, producer, vocalist, and award wining entertainer and piano player; Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
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. These 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. The result is an album that walks a tightrope between scholarly respect and anarchic irreverence. 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,” he reflects, “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…”
Comprised of 6 members including 10-year veteran and MC Billy Dean on Drums, Terrence Grayson on bass (6yrs), Pat Harrington on Guitar (3yrs), Doug Woolverton on Trumpet (2yrs), Mark Earley on Saxophone’s (2yrs) and lastly Dave Gross (Guitar, Recording and Mixing Engineer, Co-Producer and auxiliary musician for 4 yrs),
The Train is a piano-pounding band-driven ministry powerful enough to raise the dead and scald the living with righteous fervor… roaring like a conductor with a snoofull of cinders, with piano rocking so hard it’s about to knock the train off the tracks.” – NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE
“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.” – Living Blues Magazine