Blind Pig Records has announced the signing of Victor Wainwright, recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting keyboard performers on the roots music scene. Following the signing, Victor said, “After putting a tremendous amount of time, effort and passion into this project, we’re extremely proud of the final recording. I’m excited that we are teaming up with renowned Roots and Blues label Blind Pig Records, to deliver what we feel is our best album yet!”
The first release under the pact from Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, entitled Boom Town, is scheduled to be released in late May. The CD was recorded in Edgewater, Florida and produced by Stephen Dees, who wrote much of the material on the album and is also the WildRoots bassist. Dees is a highly respected session player whose credits include playing with Hall and Oates, Pat Travers, and Todd Rundgren.
Said Victor, “We’ve always prided ourselves on excellent songwriting, musicianship and production, but on “Boom Town” we’ve also captured the energy and edge of our live shows. Although the concept of sin and salvation has been done before, this is our own personal statement, a story of Southern life, faith, redemption, and the challenges that we all face. The unique and edgy sound fits the purpose and storytelling to a T and lifts the whole record up to another level.”
Victor’s star is definitely on the rise, having won the coveted Blues Music Award as “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014, as well as anchoring the critically acclaimed Dixie supergroup, Southern Hospitality, whose “Easy Livin’” release made the Top 10 on the Billboard blues chart.
He is known for his high-octane boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, roots rock ‘n’ roll, and a voice that recalls Dr. John and Leon Russell. He’s a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and a crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
WildRoots celebrate signing – l to r: Victor Wainwright, Nick Black (guitar), Patricia Ann Dees (sax, vocals), Stephen Dees, and Billy Dean (drums)