September 25th, 2019Ahh the lazy hazy days of summer are upon us here in west Quebec. We have had some time to unwind after the flurry of fun that was June & July, what with the smashing success of the Wolfe Island Garden Party followed by another banner Skeleton Park Arts Festival. I barely had time to catch my breath before my old buddy Jack Grace sauntered into town for a batch of fine Honkytonk shows in Wakefield, Kingston and W.I. of course. We ended the weekend at the Wolfe Island Grill patio where the sunset, picturesque evening sparkled on & on. Played so many great songs and were joined by Jason Mercer & Casey Fisher. Clem Chesterfield and Rusty Ford both were featured as well. A lot of dudes in fine shirts. I am off to join Tom Savage, Brock Zeman, and Seamus Cowan at the Cove Inn over in Westport for a night of backslapping fun this Sunday August 4th. Brock and Tom and true workhorse troubadours whos songwriting prowess seems to know no boundaries when it comes to quality and sheer output. I feel like Iâ€™m doing more of a revue of my songs as I do not write that much anymore but luckily have enough material compiled over the years that it is fun to revisit songs and bend them to my current needs. Also in August I will be playing the Fairbairn House stage here in Wakefield on Monday the 12th. It is a natural amphitheater by the famous covered bridge and locals and such come out with picnics and drinks to enjoy the show. The series was started by Paul Hampsey, a good friend and talented musician in his own right who saw the potential and pitched it to the proper people. Boom! A new live music scene arises. It is a tough row to hoe these days with live music venues & bands struggling to make ends meet. House concerts and the like are more and more common. I did one recently up this way with Jack Grace and it was a jam packed success. Later in the month I will be putting on a super show for a long time music supporter and her friends & family down Kingston way. It will feature Juno Jenny Whiteley and her partner Joey Wright (my half brother cousin), as well as Tara Dunphy, Kelsey McNulty & Jt Taylor from the Wrongs. That is too good to be true, but it is. Autumn holds plenty of potential for creativity as I am determined to ramp up this new noise band I have got going with some pals here. So far we have worked up a sound and the beginning of some hits. Who knows if it will ever see the light of the stage, I am just happy how the rage makes me feel when we play....
July 21st, 2018Hello pilgrims! Well what a fun-tastic summer it has been so far for us and hope you too. I have been swimming everyday and walking our super energetic dog all around hells half acre. For us here in Wrongsland the few full band gigs that we play a year as of late have been condensed into a weekend at the Opinicon Lodge at Chaffeys Locks. Between the tight knit group of friends that number a dozen of us, along with a bit of cross pollination/playing with business going on, we make up The Rizdales, Oh Susanna, Carlo, H Chris Brown, Butterfingers! and Lw & the Wrongs. It was our 2nd annual Opinifest at the wonderful lodge and we had perfect weather and a great turnout. The next event up is a show with handsome and talented Tom Savage and pretty (talented) Ms Jenny Whiteley at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Qc. It is a fine room for songs to shine and between the 3 of us we will have plenty of shiny songs for you. Saturday, August 11th at 8:30 or so. The Blacksheep Inn website has ticket info at: https://www.theblacksheepinn.com
April 29th, 2018Hello there, I am not going to lie to you but I have been saying NO to opportunities to play, but I said YES to playing a benefit for the sea turtle sanctuary down Mexico way last month. It coincided with my pal Jack Graces birthday and we played all the hits. Our kind and generous hosts Odette and Eric made it even easier what with their fantastic casa and beachside, sunset, fresh fruit margarita bar where Jackie boy and I dug up all the good songs and more with our new pal Spencer from Cali who sang EspaÃ±ol muy bueno. Yep, that was great. Now summer is emerging and we have some rare, excellent shows coming down the pipe. Stay tuned!
March 9th, 2018Hola amigos!Â I am excited to be part of the Wolfe Island Records collective.Â Hugh Chris Brown has built up a great group of musicians and bands through his recording and production skills and as he produced our last album and has appeared on Rebuild the Wall, Guitar Pickin Martyrs and Man of Your Dreams it is a perfect fit.Â Â My first mission is to head to Sayulita Mexico to perform at the Amino Benefit forÂ Campamento Tortuguero with my pal Jack Grace and friends.Â Then we are working on another Wolfe Island Garden Party event June 15 followed by the Skeleton Park Arts Festival which has me returning as MC.Â Also in the works in the 2nd annual Opinicon Lodge fest July 7th.Â Whew, that is all for now.
October 4th, 2017Well, autumn is here in the hills after a super fun summer. Â We have slowed down the performing as the empty tour dates section shows, but that is all good in the grand scheme of things. Â I have really never taken any time off of playing live since the pre Internet days so the strange sensation is oddly pleasing, yet bizarre. Â I recently came into possession of a fine new Martin acoustic guitar though and could not be happier about the current line up of the band with Tara Dunphy and Kelsey McNulty in the ranks. So it is a stable foundation to leave fallow while I see if I can come up with something worthy of your attention. Hugh Christopher Brown has got Wolfe Island Records chugging along and I am going to continue my collaboration with him and many of the other musicos I call family. Â So stay tuned for future magic!
May 1st, 2017May first has arrived and the list of fun things to do is growing! In some sort of order here is what is on deck. Right some soon is the first festival of the season, County Pop Festival at the wonderful Crystal Palace in Picton on Prince Edward County. Hello good times! The fest features a slew of fine talent including bill & Joel Plaskett and Terra Lightfoot. I am part of a fantastic Leonard Cohen Tribute up in Chelsea/Wakefield, Quebec. We held one spectacular, sold out event already and are set to do another night in Chelsea on June 9th. I will be ranting out a version of The Future as well as countryfying The Chelsea Hotel. Fun! Hugh Christopher Brown is kicking off Wolfe Island Records to unite all of the great albums he has been recording and producing on the island including our Hearts and Lonely Hunters album. Other artists on the label and appearing at the two day event are David Corley, Suzanne Jarvie, The Openhearts Society and more. We may even do a Butterfingers show for the junior chipmunks. And our drummer Wrong Casey Fisher is launching his brewery the same weekend, hic... The Skeleton Park Arts and Music Festival is back for its 11thyear and I will be hosting the days in the Park with Fred Penner as well as appearing in the Hootenanny Revue. The line up is just our now and features our girl Sarah Harmer as headliner on the Saturday night as well as Yuka, Old Man Luedecke, Justin Rutledge and more. What a spectacular event to be involved in yet again. And the wheels are in motion for a very special weekend event I will be curating at the fabulous Opinicon Lodge in Chaffeys Locks in the heart of the Rideau system. I will post more specifics when we get closer to the JUly 7 and 8th date.
April 6th, 2017Winter, oh winter. Let us breakup okay? At least for a solid 6 months or so for sure. I am excitement prone about upcoming shows with the Wrongs. I will be letting it rip with the likes of Tara Dunphy, Cam Giroux, Kelsey McNulty and James Taylor starting with a few Kingston area shows. We played together as this line up in December and it really turned mine and Cams heads around after all these years. We played our first of a series of shows together at the Muziikki Cafe in Kingston. It is a funky Toronto style, long, narrow whisky bar with 2 floors and a back patio. Back in the eighties it was The Brock Street Gallery and was owned by my mom and her friend so the show held a special significance for me. Many fine memories of ma and her local artist cabal. Needless to say it was magic evening and by the time we hit the Blacksheep in Wakefield a few days later the desire to play as this line up for a whole was a done deal. I am not gonna lie you, it is a bit logistically tricky for booking shows as Tara lives in London Ontario and the others in Toronto. Me being in Wakefield leaves a 7 hour gap to bring us together but we have a plan, sure we do.
November 30th, 2016Well it was an eventful autumn between touring in the UK with Miss Emily and crossing Canada with the Wrongs, Rueben deGroot and Colleen Brown. So many great shows and wonderful people, my head is spinning still and I am waiting for my soul to catch up. The Uk and especially Scotland was a great experience. Our handler Gord Hunter pulled out all the stops in getting us support from his many great contacts over there. It would be impossible to tour like we do without the good will of music lovers. The same goes for our Canadian tour. Rueben and Colleen know many fantastic and generous people who provided venues, meals and places to stay as well as filled the shows with keen music fans. We posted lots of pics on facebook but I will endeavour to put some in our gallery here. Next up is our annual holiday rock show for charity on December 22nd at the Ale House in Kingston.
September 28th, 2016My dear old pops talked with a thick brogue having come to Canada from south of Glasgow as a young man. It is with great joy that I return to my people there to play music with my friend Miss Emily. Many thanks to Gord Hunter for organizing the tour. I will post updates and pics as the tour unfolds. It is a busy autumn for us as we head west with Rueben deGroot and Colleen Brown on November first for 3 weeks of shows which beginning Thunder Bay and take us to the coast and back to Alberta in support of Hearts and Lonely Hunters. And not to stop there with news, Sean Kelly, Sarah Harmer and I meet this week to plan our 20th something annual holiday charity rock show. Details to follow. Yar !!
September 2nd, 2016Wowzers it is September and summer is winding down as we wind up for some touring. Â First up is a UK tour with my bandmate and solo force of nature Miss Emily. We head to Scotland on September 29 and play our way down to London. The dates will be up in detail soon. Then Rueben deGroot and I team up with a shared band of wrongs and rocket surgeons to head west in support of Hearts and Lonely Hunters and Ruebens soon to be released album. Dates will be listed for that soon as we dial in the last bits. The vinyl of Hearts and Lonely Hunters arrived last week and it looks and sounds fantastic if I do say so myself. Copies are available through our site store. Â
June 27th, 2016Yessiree it sure is nice, sunny and hot finally. We have been enjoying weekend wonders in friendly places the last while including a great island party and just recently the Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston. It is the 11th year of this community arts fest and we had perfect weather, lots of art, music, food, and smiles to go around for the whole weekend. Washboard Hank and I MCd the fest on Saturday and Sunday and also rocked in the Hootenanny with all of our friends.
May 30th, 2016It will be a go-er this week with four fun shows in the area and this steamy, full on July weather that is rocking us with the heat. I am starting the music fun by playing a solo gig this Thursday down the road on the patio of Le Hibou in scenic Wakefield, from 6:30 until 8-30. Then Dan guitar Curtis is meeting me at the Stonewater pub in Gananoque, the heart of the Thousand Islands on Friday to step it up as a duo (8-11). Saturday it is all in, full 6 piece band at the Toucan in Kingston with our buds Rocket Surgery. We will play first and then watch them wow the crowd. And that should get us ready for Sundays blaster as we are closing off Westfest at Laroche Park in Ottawa. We hit the stage at 9:30 and you can see the whole festival line up at: www.westfest.ca
May 3rd, 2016It is on! June 24 25 weekend sees me teaming up with Washboard Hank as MC of the Skeleton Park Music festival in Kingston. We will also be performing in the Hootenanny on the 25th afternoon with Jenny Whiteley, Rueben De Groot, Miss Emily, H Chris Brown, Lotus Wight and more. What a blast it will be. Next week I will be playing a secret gig in Negril, but that is another story...
April 26th, 2016The word is out now that I will be at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival on August 12th weekend playing a set with Tara Dunphy from the Rizdales backing me up as well as doing a Butterfingers set with my lady Ms Marbles joining me. Yay!!
April 23rd, 2016It is official! Â We are playing the Hillside Festival in Guelph, Onsquario this July 23rd weekend. Â And we are delighted that our buddy Steve Poltz is there as well as my fellow Wakefield homies Esmerine who just won their 2nd Juno this year. Â Bruce from that band is from Godspeed You Black Emperor, possibly the greatest band ever. As the festivals announce their line ups I will post the news. Up next though is Westfest in Ottawa on June 5th. With a few local shows prior to allow us to get out game faces on. Â Summer love!!
April 23rd, 2016It is official! Â We are playing the Hillside Festival in Guelph, Onsquario this July 23rd weekend. Â And we are delighted that our buddy Steve Poltz is there as well as my fellow Wakefield homies Esmerine who just won their 2nd Juno this year. Â Bruce from that band is from Godspeed You Black Emperor, possibly the greatest band ever. As the festivals announce their line ups I will post the news. Up next though is Westfest in Ottawa on June 5th. With a few local shows prior to allow us to get out game faces on. Â Summer love!!
March 6th, 2016Howdy pilgrims! We have been grooving and grooving through the winter here in west Quebec and Kingston town but the summer is coming into focus with some great festivals which we will list once they all announce their line ups. Kingstons wonderful Skeleton Park festival is back on target after some changes to the organization, as these things are wont to do when they grow and grow like that festival has been doing for 10 spectacular years. I hope to be part of it in some production capacity (I MCd and stage managed last years day in the park) and potentially as part of a Hootenanny Revue that is proposed and would feature some astounding talent, as per usual. The most current news is our new video for THE ONE GIRL shot in Wakefield by David Irvine, who also did the photography and graphics for the Hearts and Lonely Hunters cover which will look super bon when the vinyl arrives.... andyhoo, check out our new video for THE ONE GIRL and standby for tour dates
January 27th, 2016Well the test pressing of our vinyl for Hearts and Lonely Hunters has arrived and sounds great. Now it goes to the plant for printing which will take another 8-12 weeks. I hope to be playing music still... My apolojesus to everyone who pre ordered the vinyl but whatyagonnado? Beavering away here with plans for the future and getting excited about our big show at the Black Sheep on Feb 12th!
January 11th, 2016Happy new years everyone! Â It sure was nice to have new years eve on a Thursday and then a whole weekend to ease into 2016. Â As of late we have been applying for summer festivals and getting the new album out to college and community radio and the the CBC of course. Â This weekend I am throwing myself another birthday party. Hey, why not? This year it is at the Cove Inn in beautiful Westport, Ontario Â where our buddy Seamus and his family run a wonderful place. Â It will be a Hootenanny with my copilot Oh Susanna and a bunch of other talented friends as well. Â As the news of David Bowie passing is just in we will be sure to pay tribute to the man with a few hits. Â Our annual Holiday Rock Show for charity in Kingston right before Christmas was another great success. Â We raised $8,000 for 3 local charities and the room was filled with friends old and new. Â Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly brought the house down with their closing set of killer tunes. Â And speaking of Bowie, I joined the fellas for a smashing rendition of All the Young Dudes which I have been waiting to play my whole life. We are still waiting for the vinyl copies of Hearts and Lonely Hunters to arrive and our next full Wrongs show is at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield on February 12th. Â Miss Emily Fennell will be open in as well as playing guitar and singing with us as she is in the band, yo. Â
December 19th, 2015We are settling in for the holidays here in Wakefield and Kingston albeit without our treasured snow. At least the driving will be safe. Thank you for supporting music and our band for all this time. We are keen to play in the new year and hopefully we will see many of you out there. My lovely suitmaker Wendy wrote a nice piece about her suit making that started with my fine Octopus themed suit that has turned many heads these last years. I have had to really get my game up to make sure that suit does not steal the show! You can read about the suit and all the other suits she made HERE look for the article on suits. All the best for the holidays and the new year to you and yours. Luther xo
December 4th, 2015Our show at the Cameron House in Toronto last week was a great success with a super crowd of folks out to hear us play the songs from the album as well as a bunch of the hits from our past albums. Â That was our last show of the year and we are now looking forward to our vinyl release show at the legendary Black Sheep in Wakefield on February 12th. Â The next event on the books is our umpteenth annual rock show for charity in Kingston on December 22nd.Â here is a link to buy tickets online for the benefit Â Â Â Â It will be great!Â
November 18th, 2015I really want to thank Daisy Wreath for all her effort in maintaining our website for all these years and most recently reviving it for our new album and the new era. In the age of so many social media engines she has made our site a pleasant jumping off point for our music and shows. Merci beaucoup Daisy!
November 7th, 2015Hi everyone, we are gearing up for a pre-release show at the Cameron House in Toronto on November 25th. here is the event page and here is a link to the just released review on the Exclaim Magazine site: Exclaim Review On both those pages there is a link you can check out the songs from the new album. Come on out to the show!
September 25th, 2015After many years of scheming and dreaming and writing and recording it is finally done and in my hands. Yes our new album Hearts and Lonely Hunters was produced by Hugh Christopher Brown and features all of the Wrongs with some very special guests including The Holmes Brothers. Everyone who contributed to the crowd sourcing campaign will be receiving there orders in the next few weeks and our official Toronto release show is set for November 25th at the fabulous Cameron House. Kingston show to be figured out soon too. Wakefield get the first look at it live with our show at the Blacksheep inn on Oct 9th. More news to follow!
August 25th, 2015Hi there, I trust everyone had a fun summer. I have been working away with H Chris Brown, Marty Kinack and David Irvine to finish up Hearts and Lonely Hunter for release into the world. Everyone who contributed to the indiegogo campaign can expect a digital copy within a few weeks if all goes according to plan. The cds will be about 3 weeks and the vinyl will take months as it is the fastest growing medium in music, who woulda thunk... Cathy Cleghorn has got the tshirts, stickers and buttons almost ready too. Very exciting. I am not positive when the official release will be but our pre release show at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield is set for Oct 9th. Wahoo! Lw
June 12th, 2015Well well well it is June already and time for an update. In a few weeks I will be join Carolyn Mark and band for a few shows including the Legendary Black Sheep Inn here in Wakefield and the wonderful Island Grill where Sean Kelly will join us on bass. Mr Rusty Ford is playing the tour with Carolyn as well and we wind up at Franc and Sylvias barn for a ripper of a show on June 28th. My next big thing that is coming up is as MC of the Saturday portion of the Skeleton Park Festival and it is the 10th anniversary of this amazing, homegrown event which we have played many times over the years. It has already started and runs to the 21st with the park concert on Saturday June 20th from 10-9.
May 11th, 2015Well our indiegogo campaign worked out great and we raised a pile of money to help pay for the making of and reproduction of my new album. Thanks to all who contributed and helped spread the word. We are closing in on finishing all the recording and mixing. The summer is closing in and we have already had some pretty nice days here in west Quebec/Kingston area. I am playing the first of a few patio shows coming up at the Wolfe Island Grill where our drummer bandmate Casey Fisher has done a wonderful job renovating the restaurant and modifying the beautiful patio. I am really looking forward to hosting the Skeleton Park Music festival in the park in Kingston on June 20th. It is an all day thing that is part of a larger all week event. The park day is a great family event with much to do and best of all it is right downtown in Kingston.
April 20th, 2015Greetings! my crowdsourcing campaign is closing in on the last 3 days if I can entice you to contribute and/or spread the word to others. I am super excited about what we have achieved so far and the album is sounding great but I hope we can bump it up still so I have the resources to get this album out into the world the way it deserves to be. Chris Brown has done a great job producing and I think you will love it. we put up some songs on the page as well for you to check out: My Indiegogo Campaign
April 4th, 2015Happy Easter! We are off to an excellent start with My Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds for ye new album. I want to thank all of you that have contributed and those of you that are going to, (right?). It is shaping up to be a great listen that is about one half rockers and one half roots. The rock part is so fun to work on in the studio as mucho guitars are used plus plenty of keyboards and stringy synthy bits. And of course pounding drums courtesy of the magnificent Cam Giroux. H. Chris Brown has done such a solid job wearing the producer hat during this ride. We have been teaming up and scheming on musical events for 20 good years with great results. It all started when the uber group he was in, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, took Weeping Tile on what was to be there last national tour and what was then our first. Our gang in total numbered fourteen, and took 2 vans and a car to move around the 2nd largest country in the world. Shortly after that epic adventure they all moved to Nyc and set up shop in Jersey where they worked the New York city music scene for a bit before eventually disbanding. Brown and Kate Fenner had no intention of leaving the city though and they soon established themselves as an act to attract both audiences and stellar musicians who wanted to play with them. They moved over to Brooklyn and set up shop on President street in a bohemian groove palace that many Canadian bands booked in to stay at over the years. The jams in the kitchen and especially the back yard groovy grotto are legendary. That is where me the Wrongs were the night of the great blackout of 2003. Here is a story many musicians can tell versions of. I recall there being 3 stand up basses at one point during the jam. It was like every musician in Brooklyn new where to gravitate to when the power failed. It was the same place in 2005 Brown was asked by the Goodman family to produce a tribute album to the late, great Steve Goodman which included me and the Wrongs doing his most famous song, City of New Orleans. Now 10 happy years later we are mining the music gold at his rustic studio on Wolfe Island off the shores of Kingston and hello! This winter has been right out of a Jack London story. Not quite To Build a Fire, but damn close...
March 25th, 2015Please have a look at My Indiegogo Campaign and help us get the new record out there! There are lots of ways to contribute and they all involve you getting a copy of the record plus more. Thank you for supporting us in our musical pursuits
March 21st, 2015My my it has been a while. Things are actually moving along quite well with my long anticipated album. H Chris Brown and I have sequestered ourselves over on Wolfe Island for many weekends over the winter in his rustic studio, beavering away on the finer points. Sheeham Crowe of Sheeham and Lotus lives over there as well so I press-ganged him into helping me with The Parking Lot Song. It is one of the oldest of the batch and we demoed it once upon a time in Winnipeg whilst on tour but I have probably played it at almost every gig and hootenanny since so it seems like a defining version is in order. Sister Sarah Hamer came over for a big day of vocalizing and juiced up the project with her fabulous pipes. Wrongs guitarist Dan Curtis has also stirred the pudding and wham bam Cam Giroux made another visit a few weeks ago to round out the last few tunes with his solid drumming and amicable vibe. Spring is slow in coming but we are hopeful. Carolyn Mark and the Hootenanny Revue rides again this June with shows in Ontario and Quebec. We have a stellar crew together for the shows including Jenny Whiteley, Dani Nash, Carolyn and her band, Tara Dunphy of the Rizdales, yrs truly and there are rumours of a Rusty Ford appearance The tour dates I am doing are in the tour section here and for the full tour visit www.carolymark.com
January 5th, 2015Happy new year to all! We had a wonderful and successful event on December 21 in Kingston that raised almost $8,000 for local charities. The music was most excellent and everyone attending was smiling throughout. Lederhosen Lucil wowed the crowd with her quirky, poppy beats and fun songs, not to mention her whacky outfit. Our Weeping Tile set went smooth and was super bon fun to play. Deck the Halls with B&K played mucho hits and we had a special appearance by B-out for a rip - Rich. Captain Footbags started it out with a funk party then the Diaries wowed everyone with their stunningly beautiful set. Ole Jay Harris and his band rocked it up a notch to accent twenty years of holiday rock in the hometown and Paul Langlois from the Tragically Hip joined B&K to belt a couple of classic crooner numbers including some Neal Diamond. Really, what a show! So winter has now returned with a vengeance but it did not stop the crowds of kids from coming out to the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield yesterday for our Butterfingers and friends family show. Facepainting, puppets, balloons and storytelling all mixed in with our snappy, colourful Butterfingers tunes. Brian Sanderson played the souzaphone, a tiny banjo and the fiddle and Ms Marbles sang and danced and told knock knock jokes with our 8 year old mc Anika. What fun. Our next hootenanny is for mine, my brother and Ms Jenny Whiteley birthday at The Cove in Westport, Ontario on January 16. It is a cute, rural town in the hills north of Kingston and the show will have lots of stars playing for sure. Well folks, keep your toes warm and your windshield clear and support live music wherever you go.
December 1st, 2014Oh it is on baby. December 21 at Stages Nightclub in Kingston. Sunday, December 21st at Stages Nightclub, 390 Princess Street. Kingston, Ontario Doors are at 7:30 with the show starting at 8pm, and features performances by: DJ Footbags, The Diaries, Jay Harris, Krista Lederhosen Lucil Muir, Weeping Tile, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly featuring Brucey the Git, and Special Guests! All funds will go to support The Kingston Salvation Army Winter Relief Fund, the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and Marthas Table. This is a licensed, all-ages show. Tickets are $20 and available at: Zap Records, 340 Princess St. Stages Nightclub, The Brass, and online at www.maplemusic.com We are always so happy that people make this an annual holiday tradition, coming from near and far to enjoy some great music, and see old friends as the holiday season kicks off. As our 20th Annual we would like to recognize the many local venues, musicians and supporters who have helped us reach this milestone. Kingston is an engaged and generous community and we are excited to be presenting the show for the 20th time! Please help spread the word for these great charities, and thank you for your support. Luther Wright, Sarah Harmer & Sean Kelly
November 18th, 2014If you buy cds at the store on our site between now and Christmas PayPal will give you a 5% discount.
November 15th, 2014All is moving forward towards a fine holiday season. We are putting the benefit machine into gear with our 20th annual fundraiser set for December 21 in Kingston. Also me and the Wrongs recorded a fine version of Blue Christmas for a charity cd that I will post when it is ready. Along with White Christmas that we did a few years back I feel like we are getting pretty handy at the ole xmas tunes. A wonderful gang of people have invited me to California to speak and play shows in March which give me motivation to finish the album Chris Brown and I have been labouring at for the last year. A crowd sourcing thing is taking shape so get out your cheque books and prepare to support the arts!
September 20th, 2014Walt Whitman sure lived up to his name as a wit, i.e., "We were together. I forget the rest.”. From time to time while driving along in the van on tour when one of us is telling a story of past adventures this accurately describes my memory of said event. It is a wonderful thing to have friends and share stories. I appreciated that luxury yesterday while attending an event to celebrate 30 years of the organization "Cornerstone" in Ottawa. Cornerstone is the largest social service organization serving women in the community, providing emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of women. There was games, music, dinner and an open stage where I joined in a rousing version of Coming Round the Mountain, re-written to reflect the work Cornerstone does. The positivity and comradery was inspiring and insightful and something I hope everyone takes the chance to experience. I have visited a few shelters over the years, sometimes to perform and sometimes to deliver money raised at benefits I am involved in from time to time. It is sobering to meet the clients and talk and reflect on their stories. Hearing the stories of struggles, challenges, the twists and turns that brought them to where they are now are generally inspiring and moving. I thought of a phrase I read somewhere, "better by far that you should forget and smile then that you should remember and be sad.". For many people some memories are perhaps best let go and forgotten so that positive thoughts can fill that dark void. Of course I am not saying it as a rule because remembering trauma and dealing with perpetrators is an important process to change the world into a safer place. But a head full of sad thoughts diminishes our ability to move forward and flourish. As the tour date section of this site indicates I am not playing a whole lot this fall in an effort to finish up the album H.Chris Brown and I have well underway over on Wolfe Island. I am actually playing the odd local show in Kingston and up in Wakefield, most notably a big tribute show at Kaffe 1870. 22 Wakefield area songwriters are covering each others songs over two nights. It is something I have always wanted to do in Kingston but Wakefield, due to its size, made it easier to pull together. That and the local spirit and enthusiasm that all of the musicians readily offer up when creative ideas are proposed. I am hoping it will be a template we can use again and again. The goal is also to raise money to build a permanent, outdoor stage at the local community centre where likely all of the musicians will play one day. Well, I trust autumn is shaping up to be a productive and happy time for you dear readers. Lu xo
August 5th, 2014We sure had a blast at the Nashwaak Festival down in New Brunswick last weekend. They treated us well and we enjoyed everyone we saw play. Gearing up for Wolfe Island this weekend which features the original Wrongs line up including Sean Kelly, Cam Giroux, Dan Curtis and yours truly. Then to tie up a month of good times I am heading to P.E.I. to play the Cloggeroo Festival in Georgetown. Rusty Ford and Miss Mellie are joining me and we will be playing a Butterfingers show a Stomping Tom tribute as well as an Lw set and a Rusty Ford set. Check out Rustys new hit Crack Smoking Mayor
July 30th, 2014I was a small part of a project called Postcards From The County that was recorded by men incarcerated in The Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston Ontario, Canada. It is a beautiful project that Chris Brown put together and it includes music by Sarah Harmer, Open Hearts Society, Melwood Cutlerly and myself. Please check it out and download it HERE
July 22nd, 2014Super beau times coming up as we motor down to the The Nashwaak Music Festival for the weekend of Aug 1,2,3 then it is back for a quick re group to play the the Wolfe Island Music Festival on August 8th at St Margrets Hall with Wilderness of Manitoba. This gig features the original Luther Wright & the Wrongs Sean Kelly, Cam Giroux, Dan Curtis and yours truly. We will rock you. Check out the festival sites for more info on who else is playing.
July 9th, 2014Well yes indeedy do we have been having fun in music land up this way. Awna Teixeira and her bandmate Jay and I wowed them on our wee tour of the area. It was particularly swinging good fun on the weekend shows which included the legendary Black Sheep Inn in picturesque Wakefield Qc. Chris Brown and Eil Abrams joined in the fun that night and we put on a nice show for the people. Awna really kills it, that is for sure. We also played the Daverne Barn down Kingston way on the Sunday which was also fathers day so we had Rueben de Groot join the bill for that one and he brought along his little one Zevon to accent the event with some father son fun. Last weekends madness was crazy good times. Our friend and supporter Pam hired me to put together a hootenanny style show for her birthday and man was it ever stupendous! Just a pack of wild musicians feeding on all the love. We had the Abrams Brothers, Justin Bird, Jenny Whiteley, Chris Brown, Miss Emily, Dan Curtis and the Wrongs all firing on all pistons. Emily thought it crazy not to carry on later (as it was an afternoon affair) so we took over the Toucan Pub downtown in Kingston that night where I proceeded to hog the stage and most of the guitar solos. I jumped and jumped and screamed and punked out until Sean Kelly kicked me and my buddy out for looking too good. (and also it was 3 am in Onsquario) There is a little peace in the valley for a few days leading up to our festival run to New Brunswick in early August. Hopefully things will dry up after the crazy storm that hit that area over the weekend. I heard that Stan Fest in Canso was cancelled due to weather, which is saying something as when we played the fest some years back it rained most of the time and the locals really did not make much of a fuss. Canso is in a special spot by the causeway to Cape Breton island in eastern Canada if you wanna check it out on the map. And for a good read that is set partly in Cape Breton I highly recommend the Canadian classic, No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.
June 17th, 2014Ahhh, the warm and fuzzy feeling of another successful tour with tremendously talented friends has me all smiles as I write. The remainder of the western swing went off without a hitch but with lots of fun surprises. The aforementioned gig at Lucky Bar involved an afternoon of dress shopping for the band who at that time included Dennis on bass, Joel on lead guitar and Miss Carolyn and I at the helm of the goodship cross dress. It was a women in music night presented by the college/community conference that was on in Victoria. I thought we looked fetching and also played particularly well. Carolyn and I really nailed her hit Dinna Come Over Baby! The next days ferry ride back to Vancouver was sunny and ripe with that scenic gulf island splendor that keeps bringing me back to the west. We were reunited with Rusty and Terri for another tavern show at the Princeton. Again, a banner night. Big version of Rustys new hit, the Rob Ford Song. We scampered up the Cocaholla highway the next day to our house concert at family Colliers stylish home. The weather was again agreeable so we set our things up in the garden so that the good people could sit around us on the porch and enjoy our quirky performance. Lots of great socializing before during and after the show where ended up around a nice fire with even nicer vino and conversation. Hostess Leslie worked tirelessly the next a.m. to feed and coffee us and the other overnight guests so that we could all get away to our next engagements. We made our way directly west to Spences Bridge in the desertlands where we checked into our cozy rooms at The Inn that is nicely set between the trans Canadian railway and The Thompson River. We rehearsed over cocktails in the girls room, pausing every 20 minutes for another 120 car freight train to roll by. I ran over and squashed a toonie which turned out to be sort of disappointing. Steve and crew fed us a great meal and all the locals made for a charming and sold out show at the Packing House that night. My song about Elvis really won over the crowd and one fella said that if the King were still alive today he would be singing my songs. Thats okay. All pistons were firing at the Anza club in Vangroover the next night where we brought the tour to a close with a bang. Great club and a good crowd of all kinds of folks. Paul Rigby joined us on steel guitar, etc and the delightful Kelly Haigh started the night off with a wonderful set. Carolyn had even booked a choir of beautiful singers to play and join us for a few tunes. Decadence! It was time to say goodbye like Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman do. Hello Wolfe Island and tour with Awna Teixeira which I elaborate on in detail soon!
June 3rd, 2014Things are going well out west here on the Blind Date Tour with Carolyn Mark, Rusty Ford and Terri Upton. We rocked the islands, with one more show tonight at Lucky Bar before we boat back to the mainland and do a bit of running around leading up to our big Vancouver show at the Anza club. It does not slow down much upon my return to Wakefield/Kingston area as Awna Teixeira and I pick up next week and play some shows including a hoedown with Chris Brown at the famous Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, June 14. The following week we are joining in the fun at SKELETON PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL It is a wonderful local Kingston festival and we are delighted to play in the park on Saturday June 21 at 1pm.
May 27th, 2014Saddle up the palamino hombres, we are hitting the road on the Blind Date tour featuring Rusty Ford, Carolyn Mark, Terri Upton and yours truly. By all accounts this will be a smooth run in good company as we scoot around the gulf islands and lower mainland with a quick jaunt up Kamloops way and back down on ye ole highway past hells gate. I am going to drink ten protein shakes a day and gain sixty pounds on this tour! And dye my hair red and get another tatoo! Why the hell not? I am an eccentric now right, not a crazy man like before. Crazy privileges come with age.
April 30th, 2014I am just gathering up my goods to make my way to Toronto via Kingston to play with the Wrongs for some shows. We kick it off at the fabulous Dakota Tavern in T.O. with Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins. Ron and I played a solo show together up here in Wakefield a month or so back and this time we are kicking it with our full bands. Burke Carrol and Dan Curtis will be soloing the shit out of the songs and Jt, Cam and I will sing like the muther fuggas that we are. Burke and I head to Guelph on Friday to do it up with my cousin Rob and his boys at the Magnolia Cafe. In tribute to the show we just watched Magnolia the film by PT Anderson and if have not seen it, do. It is an astounding piece of film art. He pushes and pulls you emotionally throughout and I gotta say, Tom Cruise can really act when he gets the roll. The whole cast is spectacular and I cannot believe that someone came up with and realized the whole thing. We play a smaller show at the Local in Toronto Saturday and then I return to my hometown for a nice Sunday show at the Mansion. Progress is being made in the recording department as well. I did a few days of screaming guitar overdubs a couple weeks back that still have my ears ringing. Big thanks to Mark Michaud of the Wakefield based band Fifty Men for lending me his guitar rig. I sold my baby/electric guitar a few years ago to pay for a much needed personality transplant. Lets face it, we get bored of ourselves after a while, right? Anyhoo, I still gots the chops on the axe as this album, when it is finally done, should attest to. The latest breaking news is an offer to play the Wolfe Island Music Festival in August. For this gig we are hoping to coax the elusive and massively talented, not to mention handsome, Sean Kelly to join us on bass and play as the four hosers that started the band back in nineteen ninety noneofyourbusiness. Stay tuned for that fun news. Lastly, I must say that a day has not gone by without me (and I am sure many others) thinking of Dave Gregg. We will rock in his honour over the next few shows. Alright people, keep on loving, living and laying it down. Lw
April 1st, 2014It is such devastating news to hear that our long time friend, mentor and rock hero Dave Gregg passed away suddenly on Sunday. He was such an amazing dude. His storied rock history with d.o.a. and the Real Mckenzies is legendary. We caroused around Nyc many a night after shows where Dave and Cathy would have shown up (Dave in his kilt and lamb wool vest) with a posse of dynamic friends. Their enthusiasm and joie de vie would always push us to another level of performance. Afterwards he knew the places to go in the city at 2 am where we could get excellent food or hit a little club as the scene there reached its apex of the night. At one point we were playing lots of shows at Ceebees Night Gallery on the Bowery and they used to take us up to the old Chelsea Arms after our shows where the bartender treated me like a king (based on Daves over the top introduction!). He would have me celebrity bartend while he chatted with Dave and Cathy at a table, our cd blaring through the bar. We were together just two months ago at my 50th birthday party and his devilish grin and the glint in his eye will always stay with me. I fucking love you Dave. Your friendship is something so many of us will miss tremendously. Our thoughts and love go out to dear Cathy and the family. Here is a loving bit: R.I.P. DAVE GREGG
March 21st, 2014Big, fun show this weekend with Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low fame here in Wakefield at the Kaffe 1870. Spring and summer are shaping up nicely for mucho fun.
March 8th, 2014Oh my lord has it been a cold one. I spent 3 days on Wolfe Island with Chris Brown working on the new album and it was right out of a russian faery tale. Everything short of the wolves chasing the sleigh home from the dance. It is coming together nicely on the music side though and as spring and summer approach we have got a bunch of fun gigs lined up. However, it is hard not to be distracted by world events, as in the crisis in the Ukraine and locally with the Line 9 reversal plan that will move diluted bitumen through the most populated areas of Canada. Read this Vice Magazine article to bring you up to speed: Line 9 approval
February 11th, 2014this is fun: Nobody Home Pa Kettle stylee
January 13th, 2014Such a great year and such a good bunch of numbers. To celebrate we are having a super hootenanny revue at the Black Sheep in Wakefield with a pile of talent. The Wrongs will be represented of course, especially excited about sister Megan Palmer coming up from her current local of Nashville for the event. Oh Susanna is back in the Hoot saddle joined by her teammate Cam bam bam Giroux. Jenny & Dan Whiteley of the Lanark county music mafia will arrive with my half cousin/brohter Joey Wright. Rusty Ford is expected to make a rare public appearance, likely a midst the heavy security detail common for a celebrity like Rusty. Miss Emily Sugarplum has found a gap in her busy schedule to sneak across the Quebec border to wow us with her stellar pipes and folksy charm. Arriving on a magic carpet from fantasy island B.C. will be the grand dame of the Hoot, Miss Carolyn Mark and her top notch guy handsome Dennis who will be holding down the the low end on double bass. Of course there is other secret super star guests coming and we hope that the good people at the Black Sheep Inn will tolerate a 6 hour show! When the dust settles from this mind blower I will be back in recording mode with Chris Brown on Wolfe Island in the old post office. We are a good way along and I can only hope to be focused enough to tie it all up soon! wahoo!!
December 22nd, 2013We have been suckerpunched by the weather here in Kingston and forced to postpone our annual rock show for charity until next Sunday, December 29th. It is just too treacherous out there. Merry merry to all!
December 17th, 2013Happy holidays pilgrims! It is mere days away until our mucho annual rock show for charity. It takes place at Stages in Kingston on Dec 22 as a fundraser for Marthas Table. The show features Sarah Harmer, P.S. I Love You, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly, Lw, Chantal Thompson, Beginners Guide to Endings, Rueben deGroot and Freds Lounge. Tickets are available online at maple music
November 28th, 2013Dear reader, there is something about a well executed, surprise birthday party, eh? Everybody wins with that delightful return to the youthful, giddy, anticipatory, rush of the magic moment when the birthday star enters the liar of love that awaits. Yippee, Yahoos and Yee Haws erupt! Let the games begin!! Such was the case this week at the surprise 7 x10, bday bash for our manger man Skinny. It was held with great stealth at the groovalicious club The Supermarket in Kensington market, T town. His lovely wife and her gaggle of charming daughters snuck us all in to surprise the old fella with cheers, hugs and music featuring most of the acts he has represented over the years. There was the Ron Sexsmith, the Jose from By Divine Right, his royal rockness Ron Hawkins from Lowest of the Low, Noah from hHead, Cuff the Duke, Andrew Cash and many more including Lw & the Wrongs featuring Sean Kelly, Cam Giroux, Burke Carroll and yours truly. We rocked. What fun. Sean is the dude and it was great to be back in the game with him. He has always had the voice that melts the hearts. We are currently scheming on our upcoming annual rock show for charity that takes place at Stages in Kingston on Dec 22. Uh huh, a huge show that is a fundraser for Marthas Table, a local charity started up back in the day by three local churches to provide nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. The show features Sarah Harmer, P.S. I Love You, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly, Lw, Chantal Thompson, Beginners Guide to Endings, Rueben deGroot and Freds Lounge. Tickets are available online at www.maplemusic.com
October 24th, 2013LW and the Wrongs In NYC with Caroline Bugala, Tony Sherr, Daria Grace and Russ Meisner
October 21st, 2013The fall colours have peaked here in the Gatineau although they are still doing their dance down Kingston way. After a fine summer of shows and music I have geared down and taken unprecedented measures to retool for 2014. For the first time in twenty some years I do not have full shows on the calendar! Beyond resting up some I intend to finish my album that was started in the spring with my pal Chris Brown on scenic Wolfe Island and focus on next spring summers touring plans. I received an awesome offer from the UK which I will reveal after some planning moves forward and the work with Rusty Ford is never done. He made some waves with a Scottish promoter earlier this year that we have yet to follow up on and we are planning out a Canadian, western swing to further promote his remarkable album, My Truck, My Dog & You. I will be appearing at a few events before years end though including A Man Called Wycrafts Tom Waits tribute at Hughs Room in Toronto on November 29th and our annual charity rock show in Kingston on December 22nd. Stay tuned for more info about that Sarah Harmer, Sean Kelly, LW curated blowout! Well mes amis, keep it as real as needed and for those living in the Windsor Quebec corridor fight the Line 9 reversal proposal!!
September 13th, 2013Rusty is really hitting it out of the park with his band the Extra Regulars. Miss Emily Sugarplum also takes the band for a ride in her awesome Sugarplum opening set. Shawn Rompre on drums, Lotus Wight on double bass and Dan Cowboy Curtis round it all out. Rusty Ford music Check out the review of Rustys new album on Exlcaim mags site: Rusty Ford review
August 28th, 2013What a great city Halifax is! The Company House is a fine venue for the singer songwriter and although it was a small but mighty crowd I thoroughly enjoyed playing there again. Coming back on the train to Toronto was also a rewarding experience what with the views and the socializing. Their onboard entertainment program is a boon to the touring community. Carolyn Mark and Dennis Siemens traveled by train all the way from Vancouver to meet up in Toronto for us to start our tour together. Very Canadian we thought. Our pal Miranda Mulholland of Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Star fame presented a show for us as part of her Pardale music series and it was a smash hit! They converted a hair salon into a music venue for the night and it was packed out with a good looking crowd of music lovers and players alike. We made our way to London, Ontario the next day for a fun night with our friends in the Rizdales who performed as Hey Loretta. Tara Dunphy is quite the singer and fiddle player and husband Tom has picked up the double bass to add to the mix. Blair their guitar slinger also brought the show and joined us for some hits. Fred Eaglesmiths picnic was a spectacular weekend of music and hanging out. It is an old school, camping festival in a beautiful park near Woodstock, Ontario and Fred is a generous man to out it on. I believe that next year is the 20th annual so if you are in the area make an effort to go! We sailed through gigs in Oakville at the fabulous Moonshine Cafe and Wolfe Island at the newly renovated Grill. Our drummer mate Casey Fisher has really dialed that place in and the view is magnificent, not to mention the food. The blaster of the show was at the Blacksheep Inn as part of Wakefield, Quebecs Wakefest. We had the talent of Miss Emily Sugarplum, Dan Cowboy Curtis, Brian Sanderson and Lotus Wight to beef up the crew and boy did we hit it out of the park that night. Dennis even had fireworks set up to shoot off over the Gatineau River for the grand finale, wowee. I will put some pictures up in the gallery section for you to check out. We did a couple of swell barn shows the next few nights and the last one up at Francs barn included the Whiteleys (Jenny & Dan) and brother cousin Joey Wright. All in all everybody was super happy and the crowds came out. Now we gear up for the fabulous Rusty Ford Tour that starts next week! xo, lu
July 30th, 2013Where has the time gone? Wow. July was hot and wonderful but the heat broke and now cooler temps portend. I must say we recently had a fun run of shows around the Kingston area that included a spectacular and delicious time at Pan Chancho where they host a bbq party on Thursdays. I had both Dan Whiteley and Dan Curtis playing with me which opened up the possibility to play virtually all the songs I have written. And if felt like we dug pretty deep. For someone who forgets passwords or where I put the damn keys I seem to be able to remember a shitload of words when up in front of people. Never could do that as a kid. In fact I couldnt even stand in front of people without flailing into a panic. Those Dans though. Two weirder guys would be hard to find but keerist can they play. It was packed with wonderful folks who enjoyed the cuisine and picturesque patio ta boot. I will be back there for another kick at the can with Ms Carolyn Mark at the end of the summer, mmm bbq. Also of note was our barn concert out Adolphustown way at the beautiful Daverne farm. They jazzed up their barn to suit the needs of a music loving crowd and we certainly had one of those that day. The handsome and talented Joey Wright played a sublime set to the appreciative crowd and was followed by Irish Roots bringing the music of the pub to the mix. Again we will be doing a few more shows there this summer so stay tuned. It is off to the east coast this weekend for a secret mission that includes a gig in Halifax at the Company House. I will be performing solo then making/playing my way back on the train to meet up with Ms Mark and Dennis for a run of fun shows that includes more barn concerts and a big blow out Hootenanny Reuve at the legendary Blacksheep Inn here in my adopted town of Wakefield, Quebec. All that and a bag of chips. Hard to believe that JJ Cale passed this week. There is no time in my life where I did not listen to the man on a regular basis. I am sure that a lot of people can say that too. R.I.P. JJ
July 8th, 2013Oh, hi there . Presently we are driving the long road home from our dear friends wedding that took place on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. What a wonderful place! I have to say that in all my years of wheeling around North America I have never experienced the coastal estuaries of Maryland. Peaceful and rural with more than a touch of southern charm. It was all the more southern flavoured as most of the wedding crowd came up from the Carolinas where the bride and groom hail. I first met goodbride Amber in 2002 when we stormed into The Jack of the Woods pub in Asheville, NC for what was to become our most successful run of shows at any one bar in the U.S.A. My love affair with that city and its people began then and it has never abated. Many shows and visits over the years have only brought us all closer and what a way to celebrate friendship and love then for them to throw a smoking fun wedding with 250 awesome people. The bridesmaids dresses were emblazoned with an orange octopus that synched nicely with my fabulous orange octo suit. I gotta say though, it was steaming hot in that damn suit while I played the pre-wedding cocktail set. Even with the breeze blowing off of the estuary I still must have lost 15 pounds. Luckily I had my lady and our new best friends the iridology twins keeping me hydrated with cold beer and saucy smiles. And once that hot summer sun dropped below the horizon and the ever so romantic nuptials were completed everything fell into place nicely. Funk band, seafood, roast beef, bourbon bourbon bourbon and cigars, even for the ladies. I sure love me American brethren. We lingered on the Sunday for brunch with the family and said many long, huggy goodbyes before hauling ass across the state to Assateague state park. It is on a thin strip of sandy land at the most eastern and southern part of Maryland. It is best known for the wild horses who swam ashore from shipwrecks years ago and have adapted to beach life. We set up camp on the dunes and after a brisk swim in the fresh Atlantic ocean we took a wee nap only to be awoken by said wild horses feeding beside our tent. Apparently they bite and kick if you get too close, which seems to be pretty straightforward but apparently that does not stop upwards of 16 people a year from getting bitten and booted for trying to feed them or pet them. Truthfully? They look like horses. I have never been inclined to feed the domesticated ones potato chips so maybe a good bite or kicking is what some people need to learn a few basics about animal behaviour. After a campfire dinner, a windy sleep and a morning swim we hit the boardwalk in Ocean City just north of the park for coffee and, okay, bloody marys. Back home to Canadia for the continuation of a superlicious summer of music and magic! Yahoo to you, lu xo
June 28th, 2013Back home and settled in after the western swing with the fabulous Rusty Ford and friends. We sure had a good act with Terri Upton on bass backing both Rusty and I up and we were pretty sad to say goodbye to her when we left for Edmonton and points north. Prior to that though we knocked it out of the park in Vancouver at my dear friend Soooosings and in Victoria at our U of Vic friends house, both shows to a well read and congenial crowd. Sunday afternoon had me hosting fathers day at Logans pub where we have been playing since our first Canadian tour back in 1998. Carolyn Mark usually hosts the hoot but she was on tour so I got the job and kept the locals at bay for the most part. The sun shines through the front window and the drinks flow as the songs get sung. A couple of days respite and Rusty and I were on a flight into the drier parts of Alberty to meet up with the gang and play a warm up show for the North Country Fair at The Artery. It was nice travel up a few hours to Slave Lake area where North Country is held. Beautiful, sprawling country and we had plenty of sunshine the whole summer solstice weekend. So many great acts played and it went late late every night. Rusty wowed em with his show that started at 1:30 am on the Friday and then I was up early to play as Butterfingers at 11 the next morning with Grayson from Hearse on accordian. Carolyn, Rusty, Dennis and I were all part of the Stomping Tom Conners tribute show later that day and needless to say Rusty freaked everyone out with his bang on Stomping Tom voice. The wonderful Calvin Weatherall hosted and set the stage for good fun. I snuck off with Hank Pine to the river in the hot part of the day to a lovely river where much hippyness occured. I got so settled in that I forgot about a workshop I was in and ran like the dickens, soaking wet in my long sleeve shirt and pants through the campground to arrive in time. The Hank and Lily disco show was absolutely spectacular! Holy shit are they ever great. Dancers, costume changes adn disco music. CR Avery got stuck in southern Alberty due to the floods but showed up on the Saturday night to kill it as he is wont to do. Ahhh, the good times rolled. It was a lifetime of travelling to get back in time for a supr flood here in Wakefield that washed out the foundation of our favourite local pub at the bottom of the hill. The rains still fall today as everyone readys for the Canada Day festival that is coming up. I will be selling our manmade perogies and later performing with Chris H Brown on the festival stage. Summer loving! I trust you are all getting some too. xox Lw
June 15th, 2013Things are going great guns out in the left coast with Rusty Ford and Terri Upton. Check out the photos in the gallery. We have a great show for the people and it was in full flight last night at our friend Soooosins place in Kits. We set up outside and the audience responded in all the right ways at the appropriate times. The sun shines on us today as we set sail to Victoria for more performances and socializing with old and new friends. Terri says her parents are going to feed us even. I am not as adverse to that as in years past. Eating that is... Apparently I am more reasonable when fed.
June 12th, 2013I am currently at the airport en route to Vangroover to meet up with the legendary Rusty Ford for our tour. I get to pick the solos for some of the shows, which is a good thing for me as the years of acoustic guitar playing have got me going and Rusty writes a perfect song for my style. We will be wearing our fabulous tailored suits, courtesy of Wendy Suitmaker. In fact she is working on another fabulous suit for me to wear when the octopus suit is just too much. Speaking of clothing I was informed by Carolyn Mark to pack weather wear and be prepared for bugs when we hit the North Country Fair next week up in Driftpile Alberta. That stands to be an amazing way to spend summer solstice. The Hank and Lily Show is something I really look forward to as they are promoting their epic disco album. I will be playing late with Rusty and early as Butterfingers for the kids at the festival. I have been picking away on the tunes in preparation to rock the junior chipmunks and hope to wrangle a few unsuspecting musicos to join me onstage. Yahoo!!
May 24th, 2013We had an astoundingly musical show at the Rodeo Bar in Nyc last week. We were joined by the fabulous Tony Scherr on guitar and our new best friend Caroline Bugala on violin. She conveniently arrived the night before to New York from France with her mother and sauntered into our Brooklyn gig with violin in hand. After a brief chat (partially In stumbling french on my part) we jammed it out and it was quite apparent how skilled she was with that fiddle! She was also keen to join us the next night at Ny citys longest running honkytonk for the aforementioned big show. Wahoo!! New York city. Currently gearing up for the western Canadian run with Mr Rusty Ford (related to mayor Rob Ford? We do not know...). We are gonna be packing some brand new Rusty Ford tee shirts, stickers and a killer show to put on for the good people of southern B.C. and northern Alberta! Stayed tuned for reports from the road...
April 24th, 2013Winter just would not quit up here the hills of Wakefield, Quebec but finally April is winding down as we wind up for a spring summer fall of f.u.n. Recording of the new album is going well with Chris Brown at the helm (the Canadian CB, yo) over on Wolfe Island. Gearing up for a flurry of electric guitar overdubs that will define the sound of the album. It is taking shape as a pop record overall, with some wisps of country a la moi. I am looking forward to May and playing with my new York peeps including the fabulous Daria Grace. But this just in! I will be doing a tune at the Idle NoMore event at the Piston in Toronto this Tuesday, Ap 30th. Also featured are members of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Mary Margaret Ohara (!), Sarah Harmer, Jason Colett and more. $10 suggested donation and the food there rocks as well.
March 5th, 2013Yup, we had a fine run of shows and such over the last few weeks. The big folk alliance conference was full of friends and fine musicos. Unlike other music conferences it is predominantly attended by musicians and bookers, many of them small venue or concert series types. There is not much of a major label presence (is there such a thing anymore?) but a fair number of smaller labels and a few of those people that take 15 to 20% of your gig money for sending an email and forgetting to send your posters to the gig. Whoa whoa whoa, that does not sound charitable. Speaking of which we did a bit of outreach through the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals community outreach program that asked us to play at the Salvation Army Gateway shelter in downtown. Burke Carroll of the Wrongs joined me for a wonderful little jam in the drop in centre. The folks there were very appreciative and the staff at the shelter as well although we felt it an honour to be able to share what we have with those who are going through a rough patch in their lives. The best things I saw at the conference were The Soujourners, Sheesham and Lotus and Son, The Birds of Chicago and Steve Poltz to name a few of many astounding acts. Plenty of talent from the U.S., Great Britain and Auz too. Friendly, generous types for the most part (except me of course...). Rusty Ford made a good impression on his first outing and no one could ignore him in his fine suit and big hat. We finished up the good times with three shows with Awna Teixeira that hit the high water mark at the Saturday gig in Wakefield at the now legendary Blacksheep Inn where we packed in a house full of darling people for a late afternoon show. They are celebrating 20 years of presenting music and we were proud to return to the stage that has graced many a fine musician over the years. A little girl gave me a rock as a gift for being such a good singer (her words). It was a piece of mica, not just some random rock so I can fix my iron with it or maybe barter it for a goat after the fall of the empire...
February 25th, 2013This Saturday, March 2nd I will be playing the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield Quebec with Awna Teixeira (of Po Girl) and Rusty Ford. As we say, tell both of your friends!
February 16th, 2013Well, it seems like it lasts forever some days. But honestly, I am starting to love the cold and winter. Maybe it was those life changing trips up to the Yukon over the last few years or maybe the cold helps numb the pain of age and awareness. Kidding!! You young folks need not worry about growing old. In fact when you get to your late forties you will look back at what concerned you about aging and shake your head in disbelief. Save some freaking money, that is probably the big thing. How many shots of jagermeister does it take to buy a back brace or pay for extended home care? There is a question bartenders should know. Well, anyway, it is getting kind of ranty in here so maybe open a window... I trust all you sweethearts had a fine valentines day. We hosted a perogie night at the local Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield and had music provided by THE Dr Timothy Valenteen. He really came prepared with many cheesy, romantic hits. I believe he nailed every word of Muskrat Love.... Well this cold winter has been a good time for booking shows and scheming up schemes. The big international folk alliance conference is coming up and we will be there for the duration to work the room as it were. I am producing a video or two for Rusty Ford over the next bit and we and going to employ Miami Harald Bachman as our cameraman. We worked together on many film projects together years back in my other life and it will be good to be back in the groove. Jack Grace and Carolyn Mark and I have nailed down a time for another Owner Operator Tour and we will call that time, October. Nothing could be finer. In recent news I hazarded the worst winter storm in years to make it to my gig at The Branch south of Ottawa the other night. Man that fella Bruce makes a delicious brisket! It was worth risking our lives for. There is also rumours of a local hootenanny up Westport way this spring so stay tuned...
February 5th, 2013The Groovy Grotto ......... Dawson City Drive Around or the skating video... Howdoyoulikeitnow
January 16th, 2013Ahh the new year is upon us. After some serious holiday fun and mine Jenny Whiteleys annual birthday show we are back at it. Recording is moving along with Chris Brown at the helm and plans for the year are brewing. The big folk alliance conference in Toronto awaits in February where loads of old and new friends will be showing off their musical wares. Rusty Ford is dialing in the artwork for the album I produced and we will be pimping that bad boy as well as hoping to entice some folks to come record up my way in the future. Today is actually my birthday and my pals are taking me skiing if you can believe it. We are not out west like many years where Lily Fawn threw some spectacular parties for me. Really hard to beat the time she had the burlesque dancer jump out of a cake for me. I mean, come on. We are currently planning a New York City run of shows, a western run, as well as looking at what to present locally this summer so keep in touch good people. xo Lu
December 23rd, 2012We had an amazing night at our 19th annual Salvation Army fundraiser! We raised somewhere in the neighbourhood of $7,500 for our local Sally Ann to distribute to those in need in our community. The club was packed with many old and new friends and much dancing ensued. Sarah Harmer, Sean Kelly and all the gang really stepped up to the plate and put on great shows. I was the host with the most and wrangled all the chickens on and off stage and took care of the details but had plenty of help. Kingston really shines at holiday time and the event has become a real special local affair that we look forward to every year. Now the dust has settled and everyone has scattered to spend some time with family and friends. I trust you all have a lovely time as the year winds down and wish you the very best for 2013. xo Lw
December 10th, 2012We are only a couple weeks away from Christmas and Hanukkah is already here so there is plenty of festive action in our lives. As the post below tells you we have the big Salvation Army Benefit show on December 19th at Stages in Kingston. It will be a smashing good event! We are getting a bit of snow and winter weather so far but hope for more to have a nice, white Christmas. On that note check out our sweet version of the song at: White Christmas by LW & Sarah Harmer
November 21st, 2012The shorter the days get the longer my heart reaches towards the sun and all she offers. Big news for the end of the year! We are playing our umpteenth Salvation Army Winter Relief Fund Benefit show on December 19th at Stages Nightclub on Princess Street in sunny Kingston, Ontario. It is a fine rock & roll venue where we can pack them in to see a smoking show of Kingston based talent. The full live band experience of hip hop hosers Slaves of Spanky along with Spencer and Funkyfrenz will get us dancing and there is much to be said for the music of Sarah Harmer, your inimitable host Luther Wright, the grab bag of goodness of Deck the Halls with Balls and Kelly featuring Brucey the Git, the ever precious yet commanding Kris and Dee, and surf monsters The Huaraches. Tickets will be on sale via maplemusic.com in a few days and at the club in Kingston as well as Zap Records. And in closing, it is important that everyone watches the amazing documentary film "Inside Job" by Charles Ferguson. It is available on Netflix and it clearly explains the causes of the financial meltdown of 2008 and how the greed of those in the financial markets has brought immense suffering to so many people world wide.
September 28th, 2012Let us see, where did we leave off? Dawson City, Yukon and our last big weekend I believe. The in-school work throughout the week was spectacular! The children are happy and engaged, in no small part because of the super teaching staff. A special shout out goes to Peter Menzies who organized our work there and continues to scheme about music education and our involvement. Our Westminster/pit shows were long, four set-ers but a good musical work out for us. One night we did our show there then went to Bombay Peggys for another hour & 1/2 show to a cheery crowd of teachers in town for a conference. Brown played plenty o piano for sure. His left hand was bruised from all the honkytonk. One fine day we cruised the Yukon river with our friend Holly. He took me, Brown and my dear old pal Miami Harald Bachman on a trip to his cabin he is building up river on a beautiful piece of land. I should mention that Harald is up in the Yukon shooting a reality show about miners so it was kismet that we got to visit again after many years. Back in the day we were card carrying members of the Boy, Dog, Gun Club with Doc Danger (r.i.p.), Deadboy, Big Ran and cousin/half brother Hank Wright. While on the river we also caught a big salmon, ate moose meat from a bull that Holly shot last week and also munched on delicious smoked salmon strips. It was perfect. For our last show in pit our talented musician pals Rusty Ford & Sarah McDougall showed up and joined in the show. Once that was finished we rocked Diamond Tooth Gerties casino for what was the season closing night. The stage show was scandalously delicious and some us played roulette quite successfully between laughter and drinks. The topper of the week was the Harvest Moon festival hosted by Holly & Kerstin. They have a magical, off the grid place in West Dawson, which is across the Yukon river. A good many people came out for a great time on a amazing day. It was a balmy 25 degrees celsius and the potluck, including a pig roast, was delicious! (I do not eat piggy piggy though....) The next, more chilly day we had a big drive to Whitehorse where we returned all we borrowed for the trip (thanks Aiden Tentrees, Bob Hamilton and Mica!) Then a fly day to Vancouver and now we are on the train home where have been playing for our passage thanks to Via Rails onboard entertainment program. A few days rest back home and then I am going to prep for recording a new album (finally) with Brown at the helm. What a banner trip to finish up swell summer. And I did a wee interview about Dawson City for the CBC Whitehorse. It is at: CBC luther talks Cheers! Lw
September 19th, 2012Dawson City I love you so. Here we are on day four here and day seven of our tour. All is well on the western front. The weather has been very suitable for our needs, which are mainly a hankering to hike around between teaching music at the Robert Service School and playing at night. We had a fine house concert the Tuesday at our man Peters place. A nice songy songerson show that contrasts with our kicking bar shows the next few nights. Also the house concert crowd likes a little more yackity yack between songs which both Brown & I are happy to provide. In fact as much as I am happy and somewhat proud of my songs I would prefer to be able to entertain by rambling stream of consciousness stories, jokes and demented observations, peppered with light, political rants. Both my friends, if they are reading this (or can actually even read) would likely argue against that goal but they are not within 2,500 km of here now anyway and I can always find another two friends, probably.... It has been 27 years since I was in the Yukon in September. All the businesses are in transition as the season changes and the transients leave. Saturday is the last night at Diamond Tooth Gerties, ye local casino. Brown and I are quite convinced we can turn our tour cash into something substantial. I am saving for a personality transplant and I believe his goals are more modest. Something like a new tranny for his van (the old one got a job at a strip bar....). We will see who achieves what. Okay, I am stretching it a bit and I will admit that. We have been in the schools all day and my brain is a wee bit rattled. The Robert Service School is a phenomenal institution where the staff obviously care deeply about education. Coming in from away and working with the students gives us a special insight into the vibe of a school and we have both been in a few over the years. Sadly, music programs in public and high schools have been mostly phased out in Ontario where we are from but here in the Yukon they see the value of music in education. We start a three night stint at the Westminster tonight with an early show in the lounge. I have the Charles Bukowski suite on the third floor, replete with stained wallpaper and a tv next door blaring full volume soccer matches. It is a bit of a switch from Bombay Peggys where I lounged around since we arrived. It is nice to have a bit of perspective switch and perhaps sleeping in my clothes the next few nights may not be so bad. And I put up some photographs in the gallery. xo Lw
September 14th, 2012The morning of the beginning of tour always has a surreal aspect to it. Knowing that by days end I will be far away, often across the country thanks to the miracle of air travel. And this day was no different as Chris Brown and I left our respective rural homes to meet up in Kingston and begin our trip to the Yukon via Toronto airport and a show in Vancouver with Carolyn Mark, Rusty Ford and Terri Upton. All went smoothly and we even wrangled some fans on the flight to come to the show which already was peopled by dear Vancouver friends and fans alike. A nice first show that portends increased glory as they dates click by. Brown and I have been running the roads for close to 20 years now ever since his old band the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir took Weeping Tile on what was our first national tour and what was to be their last tour after many years of bringing the music to the masses. They all gave Nyc a shot before disbanding and Chris and Kate opted to stay in Brooklyn and lay the groundwork for many a Canadian band to build a following in the city that never sleeps. Over ten years many a musician benefited from Chris and Kates hospitality, knowledge of the city and contacts on the music scene. Not to mention the stellar, late night jams with an ever changing gang of lovely talent. I wrote more songs in their aptly named groovy grotto than anywhere else other than the hideout or the beaches of Mexico. Now we are going to play a good many of them at our Whitehorse and Dawson City shows and we will even be digging out the mellow gems for our return trip on the train from Vancouver to onsquario. Aahh songs. I may be slipping in output but happily am able to sing the ones I have already with a new found confidence. Nothing raises your game like teaching in the schools as we will be doing next week at the Robert Service school in Dawson. The junior chipmunks are little sponges so you gotta bring your A game or they will eat you alive. Well, more likely one withers from the shame of being the boring teacher we all remember from our past. My secret thrill of returning to Dawson is that I will be staying at my ole digs, Bombay Peggys. It has undergone a remarkable transformation since we huddled around the piece of shit, oil drum wood stove, hungry and broke back in the cold spring of 85. Eleven of us shared what was Dawsons last operating brothel, then perched by the banks of the yukon river. It faded but never fell and sometime at the turn of the millennium a couple of inspired women bought it up and moved he whole building to its present, proud location in the centre of town. A substantial facelift and expansion ensued and now it is the jewel of the north. I will wander the halls and speak softly to my old ghosts and lingering memories of a place that holds the lusty dreams and schemes of many a wayward soul.
September 10th, 2012Back from ANOTHER great trip to New York City (I love you so...). We played this crazy party at Rodeo Bar for a bunch of folks from L.A. that were in town to start a country music cruise. My buddy Gordie Tentrees and his band, including Roger Marin joined us for the over the top show. It was packed to the rafters and we kicked it our for 6 hours! Megan Palmer held her own on the fiddle and got many cheers for her smoking solos and fine singing. Music aside, we really had a great day at Coney Island as summer shone her last bits of sun and heat. So nice to be on the ocean when in the city. It is hard to believe that in three days time we will be up in the Yukon but that is how we roll. First a gig in Vancouver to warm it up then zoom! To Whitehorse. Our other fun show in Ny was at the hip Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club in Williamsburg where we joined the Whiskey Revue with the Buddy Hollars. Good times. I will keep updates a-coming from the Yukon as we are playing many shows and hanging about Dawson City for 8 days including at the Harvest Moon Festival! I hope to find a big hunk of gold whilst there and I will share it with all of youze...
August 21st, 2012Just another spectacular run of shows including in the 11th annual Cowpie festival in western Michigan. Our new buddy and drummer DJ McCoy killed it and we rocked the hell out of the crowd on a bill with many excellent bands including Donald Kinsey and the Kinsey Report who absolutely shone. We played right before him and got to hang out. He has played and toured with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Albert King and others. Smoking guitar playing! One of my first and favourite jobs was working at Chez Piggy in Kingston, Ontario. The owners were generous, cultured people who shared their knowledge of food, drink and music readily. Zalman Yanovsky, guitarist for the Lovin Spoonfull stocked the bar with his phenomenal music collection that included Donald Kinsey and I never imagined that I would be on a bill with him one day. After our set he was standing side stage and told me he had never heard music like ours, which I am assuming is a good thing by the way he was smiling and slapping me on the shoulder. Prior to that festival Chicago treated us well again. We did two separate gigs in one night and met piles of great folks. What a town! Our peeps JT & the Clouds and Allison Russell were off in Wisconsin so we crashed at their lovely places. I wish we could have seen them though as the blood runs deep between us. The Wrongs guitarist Dan Curtis shone like the star he is the whole tour which ended in Canada at the wonderful Wesport Music festival in the stunning village of Westport, north of Kingston. Bassist Larry Cook joined us on bass for the tour and wowed them with his tiny ukulele bass with the big sound. As we had to drive from Ny city to Chicago and back to Kingston through Detroit it was the only thing that would fit in the car! No problems though, it sounds huge and fat like a bass should. We had a swinging good show with Carolyn Mark at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto as well as a couple home town shows ta boot. Next up is a barn concert near my place with Carolyn and the likely suspects, a weekend in Nyc with Gordie Tentrees and band from the Yukon. And speaking of the Yukon that is Septembers story. Chris Brown and I are going to Whitehorse and Dawson City for a couple of weeks of shows and in school stuff with the junior chipmunks and swinging through Vancouver on the way up for a show on the 12th. Our return plan is on Via Rail as part of their Onboard Entertainment program that allows us time to sleep, reflect, read, play for the travellers and enjoy the breadth of the worlds second largest country...
August 6th, 2012An exciting few weeks ahead as we make our way to Ny to rehearse for our run of shows including the 11th annual Cowpie Festival in Michigan. https://www.facebook.com/groups/228319067269289/ There is some 44 bands including us and we are hitting the stage 8pm Saturday night. Our new buddy Dan McCoy will be joining us in drums. We are borrowing him from Delilah & the Lost Boys who play before us. We are swinging through Pittsburgh & Chicago as well, prior to the festival and finishing the week off in Detroit at a Sunday evening show. Very excited!
July 22nd, 2012Ahh, do I ever hate my stupid phone. After writing a nice long update and leaving it for a few days it was erased for some strange not so smart phone reason. So I cracked it in half like they do on Breaking Bad after they make those calls to the po-po. Anyhoo, things have been going quite well on the music front. Jack Grace and Jason Mercer came up from Nyc in June for a run of great shows including the best barn dance in recent memory. We did plenty of swimming in between gigs, either in the Gatineau river or Adolphus reach. I am currently sitting in my pal Martypants living room listening to the master of Rusty Fords record which we have been working on for a good spell. It sounds amazing! Next up is our run of shows that starts with rehearsals in New York City and takes us through Pittsburgh, Chicago, Grand Rapids, MI, Detroit rock City and back to Canadia where we have some fun shows including a Dakota Tavern gig with Ms Carolyn Mark. After that I really have no excuses not to start recording my album. But I am sure I will figure some way out to procrastinate... On the blog front I really had written some clever stuff that got lost in the ether and will endeavour to repeat at least that quality soon!
May 31st, 2012I watch the vastness that is Canada pass by through the window of my cabin on Via rail train two as we make our way east towards Ontario. It is a magical world on the long haul train. People lurch through the hallways to hear me perform a few times a day in the dome cars. (The lurching is movement related as opposed to the usual reason!) The Via staff are exceptionally wonderful and friendly. The concept of on-board entertainment is genius as it provides another cultural element to an already fabulous journey as well as allowing musicians the chance to travel peacefully to or fro a tour. Many years of crossing this land flicker through my mind like a light fantastic. It is no surprise that it is a big place, Canada. And not many people really. I am never not surprised or amazed by how beautiful people really are when you get a chance to talk with them in a comfortable situation. I think I love that as much or more than I love playing music. Perhaps I should just admit that the music thing is really only a tool for me to get to engage with other humans. My friend Mark is a mechanic and I see that in him too. Except he can fix cars where I can maybe fix your mood for a bit. Train travel seems to bring out the best in people. We are seated at random together for the 3 delicious meals they serve each day and in both my trips I have never had an awkward situation. Again I must say that the staff set a pretty comforting level of goodwill which spreads through the cars. I am particularly curious as to how they like their work and without exception everyone seems content. We are closing in on Winnipeg where they switch over the crew and we continue on to Toronto. I am hoping to visit a few friends, however briefly, in the two hour window we have there. (Last time we did this and stopped in the peg it was February and two in the morning!). I recall that the Times Changed Pub is a few blocks from the train station and we played there with Jack Grace a couple years back. I recall some sort of rubber chicken tossing game being played into the wee hours. Then there is one big day and night push through to Toronto and civilian life. Oh, and did I mention how comfy cozy the beds are? zzzzz.....
May 22nd, 2012We are heading back into BC after a stint in Alberta that included a fun show in Edmonton at the Artery where they always treat us right. The fabulous Sarah Hart played with us. She is a real star on the fiddle and a great person who we all miss out on the road. Twin Butte was once again spectabulous! Ms Jenny always gives us the royal treatment and the locals are fun people to play for and carry on with. Rancher country and big sky. We had a day off so we went horseback riding and visiting to the ranch of friends of Carolyns. Spectacular landscape and peaceful living. Just five more shows on this run and then I take the train home to loved ones and Ontario summer activity!
May 16th, 2012We have convened for The Owner Operator Tour featuring Carolyn Mark, Jack Grace, Terri Upton and yours truly. A brief visit to Victoria and the Hooteanny behind us now we made our way to sunny Vancouver (really actually sunny) for rehearsals and business fun before kicking off the tour at the fabulous Biltmore. It will also be the debut of my new suit! Made by Waterloo Wendy the suitmaker to the stars. Pictures to come soon!
April 30th, 2012Oh New York, how we cannot stay away from you for long. My lonely drive through upstate was highlighted by wet snow and frantic text messages concerning a faulty master cd at the manufacturing facility. Not much I could do from the road though so I stuck it out to Bearsville where I picked up Jack Grace and ripped it down to the city. We went straight to Patsys pizza up in Harlem area. Apparently that is where pizza was invented and it sure is good. There was a huge table of huge guys waiting. All pals from high school and very friendly. Boisterous and New Yorkers full stop. I am six foot one, 165 lbs and looked like a ten year old compared to these giant, ex-football offensive lineman. They make em big down in America. I am doing four shows down here. A great warm up at Cafe Steinhof that included a delicious Austrian meal and some fine beer. The band this run includes Bruce Martin on drums and accordion, Megan Palmer on fiddle and vocals and new comer Larry Cook on double bass. Great singing! We had it all.going on the next night at the Rodeo Bar as well. It must have been close to our 20th gig there over 11 years. Always a good crowd and good time although a segment of my loyal Canadian following was absent due to the crushing defeat of the Ottawa Senators by the NY Rangers that night. It is spring in New York but still cool. Megan and I wandered through Prospect Park and found our way to bass man Benny cha chas place to view their fresh baby boy. Pretty cute! Lots of breeders in Park Slope and as it is Saturday today the streets are full of strollers and the park is loaded with baseball games and frolicking folks. Hmmm, a guy just sat down near me and stripped down to his gitch for some sunning. Must be european, they do that there. Maybe I will wander over to the ball game... Last night we rocked the Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. A group of hipsters and artists filled out the funky room and we wowed them with our oh so sophisticated sounds. Williamsburg is definitely a groovy area. Last show is there tonight with Steak, Jack Graces jam band from the 90s. Then I can return home to my loved ones and spring projects and a good haircut.
April 26th, 2012Five banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. — held $8.5 trillion in assets at the end of 2011, equal to 56 percent of the U.S. economy, according to central bankers at the Federal Reserve
April 8th, 2012So here comes spring and nothing says change like remembering that the jeezer died on the cross for our sins and then came back to make sure we knew. Ahh sinning and redemption, life and death. Substantial topics for sure but not likely why one would visit a musicians website. Ricky Scaggs perhaps? On this end of things we are plugging away on details for the spring/summer & fall shows as well as mixing mixing mixing the aforementioned albums I have been recording. New York City awaits at the end of this month but not before we play host to The 50 Men from Wakefiled, Quebec. It will be their Mansion debut. Local Kingston, honkytonk upstarts Liquorbox are also on the bill for a big night of shit-kicking music. Jack Grace and I are heading west in May to join up with Carolyn Mark for our owner/operator tour that takes us around BC and Alberty for what will be an amazing show. Check the dates and come out or send word to your pals in the area!! And in closing, the Williams sisters are back!!!!
March 10th, 2012Greetings from the sunny south where we have reacquainted ourselves with places and people that have been near and dear to my heart. Asheville, North Carolina especially holds a special spot in my thoughts as we have played there numerous times over the years and have many made wonderful friends. It was so good to see the gang again at our man Chad Battles great club called The Bywater. It lies on the banks of the French Broad River and by all accounts is doing really well. Allison Russell, JT Nero and I played to a packed house of folks and it made me think of how I much I love American music lovers. They really never forget you once you have won them over, even after an absence of 5 years. My homeland of Canadia is certainly full of fine people but they are surely a fickle bunch. I feel like it is a bit of a roller coaster of discovered, forgotten, discovered then forgotten again. And that can all happen in a two year span! Ahh, whadyagonnado? There is so much great music being made and performed that it is hard to keep up. Currently I am sitting in a sweet courtyard in St Augustine, Florida after an afternoon at the beach. So nice to be hot again after the winter months. Next stop is historic Savannah, Georgia.
March 2nd, 2012Just a quick update. We are heading south to North Carolina to play Asheville at the Bywater, owned by our old buddy Chad Battles who worked at Jack of the Wood back in the day with all our Ashevegas hommies. I cannot wait to see everyone and get back to one of my favourite American cities. Allison from Po Girl and Jt Nero will meet us there. I hear that we can even float down the river to our gig which rivals last years arriving by snow machine to the gig in Dawson City as a damn fine way to get around. On the recording front I am just at the mixing stage for both the fabulous Rusty Ford album and local Wakefield heroes The Standardbreds. Spring will be full of music. The Owner/Operator Tour with Carolyn Mark & Jack Grace is looking good, check out the tour dates and alert both your friends about the shows in their area.
February 13th, 2012It is the time to be spontaneous as Shakespeare says, "love sought is good, but given unsought is better". Download our loveliest love song for your sweetie, "The Land of Milk & Honey". http://www.lutherwright.com/music.php A romantic duet with our dear friend Ms. Sarah Harmer. xox
February 9th, 2012http://exclaim.ca/Reviews/FolkAndCountry/jack_grace_band_with_luther_wright-live_at_acoustic_grill
January 23rd, 2012January. A leader of months and a month of leaders. Or that is what we like to think being born this month. Jenny Whiteley and I did our birthday shows with cousin brother husband (to Jenny) Joey Wright. One in scenic Brooke Valley near Perth, Ontario and the other on pretty ole Howe Island at the mouth of the St Lawrence River. We have not seen each other in a spell so it was great to hear and play new songs. Rusty Ford tagged along and played a few of his hits from the album I am producing and is nearing completion. On the whole recording front: Wakefield country rockers, The Standardbreds, album is moving along well and has many fine, catchy tunes that set the roots worlds ablaze. Dan Whiteley also has an excellent roots album under way that we started before Christmas and features multi instrumentalist Christine Bougie and Stars singer Amy Milan. Hopefully when I get all that done I will put the paddles to the body of my own album (!!). We are currently winding down at an undisclosed location with my Po Girl sisters Awna Teixeira & Allison Russell after a fun weekend of music, food, shows and recording. JT Nero was along for the ride too. Chicago is home to his phenomenal band JT & the Clouds who we met in California about eight years back and have since toured with a few memorable times. Awesome country-soul music. He and Allison Russell just finished a duo album last week which is chock full of killer tunes that they featured at the shows this weekend. So much good music! I will be rocking with the Wrongs in Toronto soon at the popular venue The Dakota. Songsmith and young gentleman Patrick Brealey kindly put the gig together with he and his band. Yee Haw!
December 6th, 2011Well well well here we are at the end of another fine year. I just pulled back into Kingston after a spectacular New York City run. Hit town and got to see sister wrongs fiddler Megan Palmer playing with her band at the Rodeo Bar and they were stupendous! World class band lead by a world class talent. I got to join them for a couple of hits, which is a nice way to be welcomed to New York. The next night Megan and I played in Brooklyn at the Cafe Steinhof where we were joined by bassist Jason Mercer (long time Wrong and also Ron Sexsmiths bass guy). A cozy gig full of friends and friendly faces. That day Jack Grace led his radio pals from Ireland around little Italy for a tour that I tagged along with. We saw all the famous spots and the Irish folks were particularly keen to see where scenes from the Godfather and other such films were shot. We dined at Johns on 12th street, a traditional Italian restaurant which has maintained their quality and style for many years in a shifting world. After that feast we busted it to Brooklyn for the gig. Our Rodeo Bar show was another splendid affair featuring in the all star band: Tony Scherr on guitar (bassist with Bill Frisell and Sex Mob), Daria Grace on bass (singer/bandleader of the Pre War Ponies and bassist in The Jack Grace Band), Bruce Martin on accordion (keyboard player in the Tom Tom Club and member of the Jack Grace Band) and drummer Russ Meissner (The Jack Grace Band, The Sean Smith Quartet and many others). In the crowd were Dave Gregg, founding member of punk legends DOA and also fellow Canadian country dynamo and friend Cord Lund. I knew we were rocking it when an effusive Korean woman had me sign an autograph and then stuffed $120 in my pocket. Extra christmas cake for all! Speaking of that, our 17th annual Salvation Army Benefit Show is set for December 21st at the Mansion in Kingston and promises to be un gran spectac. Featured on two floors no less are: Weeping Tile (with sister Mary and Cam Giroux joining Sarah & Lw), Joey Wright, Kate Weeks & Grant Simpson (from the Yukon), Chris Brown, Music Maul, Jay Harris & the Tranceivers, Rocky Roberts (Neal Youngs guitar tech and singer/songwriter extraordinaire), Rusty Ford, Brendan from Slaves of Spanky, Kim Pollard, and Deck the Halls with Balls and Kelly featuring Brucey the git. Send me word for more info. Happy Holidays! xo
October 21st, 2011Hi! We have just put the finishing touches on a live album. And by "we", I mean myself & Dan Whiteley with our friends from New York, The Jack Grace Band. It was recorded at The Acoustic Grill in Picton, Ontario which is quite close to home for me. Steve and the Acoustic Grill folks have been presenting live music for a good stretch now and I believe we are the fifth live cd they have produced with local musician/producer Brent Bodrug. Our up coming shows in November is where we will kick off the unofficial release and it will be available on our websites at that time as well. We trade songs back and forth on the album for the full meal deal of Lw & Jack Grace songs so I am sure you will enjoy it!
August 21st, 2011here is a link for a video of us at the Robert Service School in Dawson. youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=EjsJ8aw9tBc
August 9th, 2011Hi,i friend sent me some links of other bands doing my song Luthers got the blues and they are good! Quarter Mile Lane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJpLMhEeKhI&feature=related Abby and Tom Beneke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpzpqvKfREc&feature=related Sarah Harmer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni5XUVRW3oY
July 12th, 2011Hallo from Berlin! It is quite the city and we have seen alot of it in the last 4 days. Nice to see some freaks again. Soooo many young people here and art rules the city. I have not been here since 1989 when the wall was still up so it is a trip to wander through the former east. The gig in Luzern, Switzerland was awesome fun especially as it turned out our host was from Newfoundland and lived in a castle where we stayed up on the edge of town. It is a touristy town but still worth the visit. As well as seeing a bit of France we toured through the Black Forest en route back to our home base in Speyer, Germany where we enjoyed the Pretzelfest (yup, you heard me right). It is a hundred year old event that rivals the CNE for you Canadian types. But of course the beer is much better. We tripped up to Hannover area for a great gig at Rainers Rockhouse where many a Canadian has graced the stage and we were made very welcome by Rainer the host. I gotta say, they sure love the blues over here. (I of course have them but do not play that style as I am just a white boy through and through.) In breaking news, so to speak, I share a common country music ailment that afflicted Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, that being a freaking sore back! Ahhhhhhhh! Alas Berlin has a history of druggies so they do not sell the muscle relaxants over the counter like we get in ole Canadia so it is advils and tequila until the pain abates enough for me to walk. Shitballs, you can see where this may lead. I will be back in the homeland in a few days and sort it out but not before a trip to Hamburg and one more show. Summer is all set up with gigs and a chunk of recording as well as plans for fall fun. Notably, I am playing bass with Wolfe Islands Open Hearts Sociey which has actually lead me to a problem with a tendon in my hand.... I am a wreck from georgia tech!! It is great to get inside someone elses songs and also to sit back and let someone else make the decisions. That band features Chris Brown from the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir/Chris Brown & Kate Fenner and Eric Shenkman from the Spin Doctors as well as Sarah McDermott, the founder of the Wolfe Island Music Festival on vocals. Gregor Beresford, also of the Bourbons has recently joined to play drums as well. Alrighty then, have yourselves a great summer and keep the music alive. xxoo Lw
July 3rd, 2011En route to Deutschland for some shows and fun. Although Switzerland is first up at lovely Luzern and then we drift north. Summer has finally come to our neck of the woods and it was nice to be in the country recording. I had Mitch Anderson out getting the rest of his full length country album started and then had Wakefields, The Standardbreds out for a great rocking session. Have a good amount of studio work ahead of me when we get back from this trip. And a nice trip to Nyc at the end of July for 3 shows...
June 11th, 2011Check out http://m.youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DIWFI2mb1e04&v=IWFI2mb1e04&gl=US for a peek at Weeping Tile playing Lees palace last night as part of the relaunch of the Canadian music history book "Have Not Been the Same", as well as a benefit for CMAH. We came, we rocked... The Exclaim mag folks were great hosts and many old and new friends were in the house. Oh Toronto, you are a forest of fun.
May 31st, 2011Ahhh finally we get some heat! The western tour with Carolyn Mark was a blast. We had perhaps what was our most successful Victoria Hootenanny Revue at Lucky Bar with Marco from Meatdraw, Hank & Lily, Mitch Anderson, Jay Macglachlin and her man and of course Carolyn & I. Our warm up show on Gabriola was also treat, replete with a limo ride and a seaside cabin sleep over. For Seattle, Portland & Eugene it was just Carolyn & I doing a snazzy duo show. The sunny days combined with generous hosts to show us around made for good fun. Vancouver hosted our last gig of the tour and it went quite well. Meredith there throws a mean speakeasy gig and Ford Pier made it out to accompany Carolyn on piano for her set. Now it is back to recording work and local gigs while all the time scheming and dreaming. Europe in July will be swell for sure and there is always more Nyc planning to do as well as a dream to return to the Yukon and Alaska this fall. Weeping Tile plays Lees Palace June 10 with the Harmer sisters, Cam and I all keen to rock it. Loads of fun jamming out the old hits and planning wardrobe. I am also branching out and playing bass with The Openhearts Society for some shows this summer. Bass is fun for the brain. We had a smashing good time at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield recently with Openhearts, Sheesham & Lotus and yours truly. A hootenanny of sorts.
May 5th, 2011After the good ole election (wha happpend!) and a run of fun shows in the area I am heading to the coast for some fun shows with sister Carolyn Mark and friends. We will be going as far south as Eugene, Oregon to play our ole standby Sam Bonds Garage but then have to race back for a May holiday weekend show in Vancouver at Ms Merediths. It is her birthday even! The shows in Victoria feature Hank & Lily and Marco from Meatdraw as well as Mitch Anderson. It is a Hootenanny Revue of sorts and portends the revitalization of that ole roving Hoot. I just saw brother Shuyler Jansen in Wakefield and sister Jenny Whiteley at a farm concert so the forces are moving together. I am also reprinting all of our catalogue for sale including Rebuild the Wall, Rogers Waltz, Hurtin for Certain, Instrumentality, Man of Your Dreams, LWDW, the two Butterfingers cds and of course we still have Guitar Pickin Martyrs. This will keep you busy while I plug away at a new album. It will be a few weeks but it will all be in the store. The goal is to eventually release it all on vinyl. xo
April 19th, 2011Yup, it has been a super good time lately what with the Jack Grace Band coming up from NYC to play a string of wonderful shows culminating in a live recording of both bands at the Acoustic Grill in Picton. That will be ready this summer and promises to bring a smile to your mouth and perhaps a tear to your eye. We scrambled out of bed the morning after the recording show (and post show celebration) to a blustery morning on the Adolphus reach. A quick run through Kingston for to make some clerical errors and we were heading for ye ole U.S. border and that nights show at the Ear Inn on the lower west side of Manhattan. Thankfully our gig was not until midnight as we had to drop Ms Daria off in Bearsville, NY before balling that jack into the city via Brooklyn where we kept the car running outside of Russ the drummers house for so for him to grab some drums. Got to the venue at 11 though, so there was time to have a fine meal and to greet Skip the bass player for the show. He seems like a real mench. Plays with Steve Martin on his bluegrass record and managed to finangle his way through my not so straightforward songs. Our day off was spent with Jack Grace and I scheming on schemes and then hitting the Living Room for Mike Farios album release show. His record was produced by long time wrong Jason Mercer and the most excellent show featured Anna Egge on vocals, fellow Canuck Matt Maze on guitar and a slew of other talent. We worked our way through the good warm up gig at Cafe Steinhof in Brooklyn the next night. Warm up meaning that it was the first time we had played as Daria Grace on bass, Megan Palmer on fiddle and Bruce Martin on drums with everyone singing. Holy crapshit is that a good version of the Wrongs as we proved the next two nights, especially the friday show at the Rodeo Bar where we KILLED IT! I was tempted to hang up my six shooters and never kill another man after that, I tell ya. Of course it is not that simple as shows are booked and plans have been laid for recording and such. The Jenny & Dan Whiteley with Riley Baugus album is soon off to be mastered and then release is imminent so keep an eye out. Oh and another thing. We have our first endorsement deal! Yup, with Dave Gregg and his shoestring straplock. see: http://m.youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DsbBOIOZaCIQ&v=sbBOIOZaCIQ&gl=US
March 16th, 2011Spring is easing its way back into the area and with it new plans and such. Dan Whiteley and I have been playing a few shows lately, which is always a treat as he is something else on the mandolin. He and his sister Jenny Whiteley (two time Juno winner) along with Riley Baugus (performs with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Willie Nelson and many others) from North Carolina were out at my place for a week recently. I recorded them over a few days and we came up with a wonderful, old tyme album that was done live in the cabin by the lake. Each of them sings or leads on four songs a piece and it is something to be proud of. Hell, I am! Producer/musician/Broken Socialite Marty Kinack set me up with some fine mics and such and now that I have it all plugged in I plan on charging ahead with my own album. Counting the above mentioned project this will be the 8th full length record I have produced at the sweet cedar cabin on ye lake. In legal developments, Carolyn Mark and I are in negotiation to continue our touring together. This time we will hit it with Hank & Lily out on the west coast and then travel down the coast to Eugene, Portland and Seattle. But before that happens it is time for another swap up with the Jack Grace Band. They will be coming up here in April and I will follow them home and rock New York City and upstate. And in other news I am putting together a little run of shows in Germany and environs for July if any of you has any contacts or input. And lastly, our hearts go out to those whose lives have been affected by the earthquake and ensuing devastation in Japan. Lw
February 10th, 2011Greetings from the train home from the west! We are winding up our northern tour of wonder and have loved every minute of it. The graciousness of the people is only rivaled by the astounding, natural beauty. The drive to Skagway Alaska being one of the most spectacular drives of them all. But then again the Anchorage to Homer Alaska drive boggled the mind as did most of Alaska in general. And of course Dawson City is the bomb, even though Bombay Peggys was not open yet. We also were playing music in the schools as well, which made for early mornings to match our late nights. However the rewards were plenty once we whipped the junior chipmunks up into a musical frenzy playing songs like The Harold Harvey Rink and Dave the Frog. Three nights at the Pit in Dawson City got us up to speed playing with the newest Wrong, Ken Hermanson. He is a splendid chap and multi instrumentalist who lives in Whitehorse and plays with Gordie Tentrees (who arranged the whole tour!). Our old pal Mitch Anderson was along for that part of the trip doing his new originals mixed in with some Stomping Tom songs. Great fellas to hang with, I tell ya. Ken and Jason Mercer also did all the driving and I road shotgun for the 5,000 km of scenic perusing. I could go on and on about Dawson City where I played my very first concert back in 1985 but to keep this update relatively brief I will move on.
February 10th, 2011We went from Dawson all the way to Skagway Alaska for the next show and played with the talented Sarah Macdougall at a lovely art centre for an appreciative crowd. Skagway is the gateway to the north for people traveling by water up the inside passage along the B.C. coast. The gold rush trail starts there and prospectors and dreamers had to ascend the nearby Chilcoot Pass to reach the Yukon River and make their way to Dawson where their hopes could be fulfilled or dashed. We went back to Whitehorse for two more shows with Mitch and Sarah which were fun, noisy and crazy. By the 2nd night we were pretty zonked from the first weeks action but managed to pull it together to get to Haines Junction the next night for a theatre show. Very civilized in comparison. No rest for the wicked the following day as we reported to the local school for a full day of music and teaching. Whew. We stopped for a bracer afterwards and then drove two hours to Destruction Bay to sleep and then go to the local school there for a morning concert. There are 8 students at the wee school and they and their teachers are very sweet. The same goes for the later days concert up in Beaver Creek near the Yukon/Alaska border. Small, rural schools full of love and hope. We got hugs and quesadillas to go before heading into Alaska and driving until midnight to reach Talkeetna. It is an old town that is the base for the Denali mountain range where you will find the tallest mountain in North America. We stayed and played at the Fairview Inn, a rustic old hotel full of characters. We spent the day jamming in the lobby and meeting locals. One old fella knew Kingston as he had done time at the pen there. Plenty a back story with northerners I am finding. Our show there was super fun and it set us up for two nights at the greatest venue in the world, The Taproot in Anchorage! Holy wonderful batman. Run by a team of experts who have got grooves, moves and good food, we played and gushed and told them all our jokes until we had to leave for Homer. Much hugging and promises of returning barely stopped the weeping but it can be hard to leave some places. Homer was nice but we were barely in and out as we had to leave diabolically early in the morning after the show to drive the 18 hours back to Whitehorse for our last show. Thankfully it was with the gifted Geoff Berner so we only played one set of tunes and then sat back to enjoy his excellent performance. Boom bang boom and here we are on the train home, playing for our passage and resting up for home life and the next adventure. Wackedy smackedy-doo...
January 9th, 2011Happy new year! As it goes now we are preparing for a return trip to the Yukon and a slew of shows set up by the man on the scene Gordie Tentrees. This time we are venturing into Alaska as well where we hope to experience some of that Sarah Palin Alaskan magic. Last year our tour was mostly house concerts, which was a cozy tour in itself but this time up we are hitting the taverns and bars of the north to play for the drinking crowd.
December 23rd, 2010Thanks to all the people and businesses who supported our big Salvation Army fundraiser the other night in Kingston, Ontario. Zappas Lounge was packed with smiling faces and the entertainment was great. We managed to rock out some Weeping Tile hits after the level of energy in the room had been driven up by stellar performances by the fabulous Slaves of Spanky, the unpredictable Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly, Kingstons good time girls (and boy) Pelt, Sticky, Emily Fennell, the Hackappellas and of course Sarah Harmer and yours truly with Wrongs guitar whiz Dan Curtis. We raised over $8,500 for the local emergency relief fund of the Sally ann which provides basic social services to individuals and families in need in our community. I toured the new facility which was very active with volunteers packaging up food for the holidays for over 2,200 local families. On top of a food bank and a program for children they also have a comfortable drop in room that is being outfitted with showers and laundry facilities for those who live on the streets and in local shelters. They have an extensive system involving a trained staff with integrated connections to other social services to help people find the support they need for a wide range of issues including addiction and mental health, financial shortcomings and abuse. These issues will affect all of us at some point in our lives either directly or indirectly. Public awareness of the needs of our community makes a big difference for organizations such as the Sally ann and the local Partners in Mission food bank in delivering support. It is important to note that the Salvation army and other faith based organizations deliver or coordinate the majority of social services in Canada. Regardless of ones religious beliefs (or lack thereof) we must acknowledge that we live in the shelter of one another in this life and it is important to maintain a strong sense of compassion and an awareness of those less fortunate in our communities and beyond. All my love to you & yours for the holidays and 2011. Lw
November 27th, 2010Hey folks, it is officially happening again. The 16th annual Salvation Army Emergency Relief Fund Benefit Show. This year at Zappas Lounge in Kingston on December 21st at 8pm. Tickets at the club or Zap Records and available online at: www.maplemusic.com and search Weeping Tile or Salvaton army to find the tickets. All-ages good times. Featuring Sarah Harmer, LW, Sticky, Pelt, The Hackapellas, Slaves of Spanky, Emily Fennell and Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly (featuring the Git) plus even more acts! We are even gonna rip out some ole Weeping Tile classics from back in ye day with Grant Ethier (of 13 Engines fame) sitting in on the drums as Cam Giroux is working for Santa up in the north pole. I will be up that way at the end of Jan with some Wrongs (see tour dates!) And we contributed a nice version of White Chritmas to the Hungry for Christmas cd put out by the Partners in Mission Foodbank in Kingston. It features Sarah Harmer, Spencer Evans, Sam Allison (of Sheesham & Lotus) and Chris Brown. You can order them at: http://www.kingstonfoodbank.net/hungry-for-christmas-2
November 25th, 2010Happy Thanksgiving America! I am heading to New York City for 4 shows starting December 1st at Cafe Steinhof in Brooklyn and continuing through the weekend. The big show is Friday the 3rd at the Rodeo Bar, New Yorks longest running honkytonk. Conveniently for me a good number of the Wrongs live in the city so the line up includes Megan Palmer on fiddle and vocals, Jason Mercer on Bass and Bruce Martin of the Tom Tom Club & Jack Grace Band fame on drums and vocals. yargy bargy
November 1st, 2010"November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring." - Elizabeth Coatsworth. With that turn of phrase and a head full of great memories from a weekend of Halloween revelry we add a layer of clothing and baton down the hatches. Good time for live music though. Most touring bands are doing just that right now while the schools and clubs are rocking and the race is on to get’er done before the snowy roads get too diabolical. Not that February doesn’t see the highways full of white knuckled drummers behind the wheels of sketchy vans, an hour late for soundcheck in North Overshoe, Ontario. We are rocking around a bit with the Jack Grace Band and Carolyn Mark later in the month and heading to Nyc for shows and Christmas shopping at the turn of December. And other great things being created and planned! stay tuned up!!
September 26th, 2010Greetings my children. I speak with such benevolence due to my recent advancement up the spiritual ladder. Yes, I am now a certified ordained member of the clergy of The Church of Spiritual Humanism. The good Reverend Luther Wright at your service for weddings, funerals and alt-country/roots gigs. Or all at once, we can put the fun back in funeral and the ding back in weddings! I will be putting together a nice package deal (payable in Canadian tire money, foot rubs or home made jam). Oh, and what else? Ya! I am recording a new record in between blessings. As well, to ready for the coming Christmas season, I contributed a nice version of White Christmas with the help of my Kingston peeps Sarah Harmer, Spencer Evans, Chris Brown and Sam Allison (of Shesham & Lotus fame). It will be on the local food bank fund-raiser disc and when it is ready I will tell you where to purchase a bunch of copies for gift giving. In closing I would like to quote my mom, who was a nurse and would know this: "If you burn yer ass yer just gonna have to sit on the blisters." xo
August 29th, 2010August has done us solid in central Canada. Lots of sunshine and warm nights. To end it up I crossed the southern part of the province to play with The Rizdales at their cd release show in their hometown of London. And a nice end of summer wedding up on Georgian Bay where my friend Sarah and I sang The Land of Milk and Honey as part of the ceremony. Currently recording a version of White Christmas for the food bank charity cd. My nieghbour thinks it is odd that I am blaring holiday music mid summer but that is how we roll these days in Adolphustown. I will be keeping the mics plugged in to tackle my new recording project. I am so excited as I have the honour and thrill of being chosen (over so many other skilled producers!) to record a wonderful, local songwriter who has a veritable plethora of brilliant songs. It is actually me, but the facts are the same and we are not going to disappoint me. Or you, either...
August 1st, 2010Hello summer! Wha happened? Seems like I just got back from tour but it has been 5 weeks of summer fun, mostly writing and picking on the banjo out in the country. Played some fun weekend shows and have started the recording process but mostly swimming, biking, and sipping cool bevies by the water whenever possible. Got some sun on my scottish canadian hide and am looking forward to another month of much the same. We play a local festival in Verona this weekend and then head to p.e.i. for some secret adventure involving recording, beaches and lobster (x beer ÷ barbecue!). The end of summer I will be joining my favourite Canadian husband & wife band, The Rizdales for a couple big shows to celebrate their cd release. I think I will get a haircut and a clean shave...
June 12th, 2010Holy moly what an epic journey it has been! Our last shows in Colorado were super fun as we added some of Jacks old buddies onto the bill and got to stay with very wonderful folks at their lovely homes. Boulder is really a nice town and the Boulder Theater where we played is one of those grand old venues. Winding down at Gibbs ranch house for the last two days was perfect. Roosters and chickens poked around in the yard and the horses grazed in the back forty. Some great fans came out too as I seem to have a few die hards scattered about America. Playing music with Jack & Daria Grace and Bruce Martin is a real treat and I cannot wait to show them off at this years Elphin Roots Fest (June 26). As I write this I am sitting in Buffalo after a crazy day of flying. I am just a bus, a train and a car ride from home sweet home. Five weeks away can only mean that my lawn is a wild field and the one house plant I have managed to keep alive all these years is likely dead. But hey, its summer and I am going swimming!!!!
June 8th, 2010The west coast of America is an old friend that welcomes us back every time with open arms. We ended the Canadian portion of the tour and I separated from the cell to stay an extra night in Victoria to dine with my ole Kingston peeps Matter and Lisa who had me, Carolyn and Mitch over for barbecue, wine and stimulating conversation laced with our unique brand of prison town wit. The next morning my head was as foggy as the bay when I caught the Victoria clipper that sails out of Vic harbour to downtown Seattle. Nice calm trip though. Seattle and Eugene and Sacramento were fine shows that lead us to the San Fran weekendorama. I stayed the night in Sac with my ole hommie Kelly and took the Amtrak down into the city to meet the missus at a downtown hotel where we ventured forth in search of adventure and good timez. We hung off the sides of the cable car through town, walked the piers looking at the ocean, bridges and Alcatraz, and eventually met the band for cocktails at House of Prime Rib (we went on to the Ton Yong Thai for the best meal ever!). Our first bay area gig was up in Fairfax and meant that we stayed at our friend Jules awesome home. A family of deer grazed on the grass under our window and the flowers and air smelled so fresh and lush. The weather was perfect for a day trip to Stinson beach along hwy one and was just the right thing to warm our bones before our big San Francisco show at Cafe du Nord. It was a fantastic night of music and the love and laughs did not stop until late late. Breakfast at a swell cafe and we were on our way east where two days of driving gets us to Colorado for the last 3 shows of the 28 shows in 32 days. As the tour finishes...
June 1st, 2010Greetings from the open seas where I am riding the Clipper ferry from Victoria to Seattle. We shoot down the coast now and back through Colorado to wind it all up. The Canadian shows were spectacular! Everyone loves The Jack Grace Band and each show was super good. The gulf islands were everything we had dreamed of as Carolyn Mark joined the show as well as Mitch Anderson. Two nights in Victoria also rocked but I am tired man. Whew! It will be 11,111 km traveled by the time I get back. Then I am starting a new record of hits!
May 20th, 2010Okay, I am over Venus losing in the final in Madrid. Look, they did win the doubles and are now ranked second and as well Venus moved up to number two (Serena is of course currently ranked number one). If they win in doubles at the French Open which starts next week, they will be number one in doubles and the ranking queens of tennis. Come on people, give me a YAR! Oh yeah, the tour is splendalicious as well . We are in Saskatoon now at the fabulous Senator Hotel. Oldest hotel in the city where we have booked into since the Weeping Tile days back in nineteen-ninety-none-of-your-business. The local paper listed us their top pick with the suggestion that if you do not have tickets for the Tom Petty concert then we were your best bet. Hey, I will take that. Looking forward to playing Shuyler Jansens song Jealous Girl here in his hometown tonight. We played on the radio today too where Jack Grace wowed them with his Brooklyn wit and charm. Yar!!
May 16th, 2010So I am in Chicago playing a couple of great shows in the middle of our big ass north american tour but now I really just wanna go home. Okay, it is a reality. Venus Williams just lost in the final in Madrid to the hard hitting Rezai from France. As it is I will not talk to anyone for the whole day, maybe the rest of the tour...
May 11th, 2010Alrighty then. Day 5 of the tour and here we are in New York City where this cool weather is vibing my jive man. Super good times playing with the Jack Grace Band as the Wrongs. Looking forward to the west coast and showing these folks the Canadian rockies. First though we are scooting across the mid west with Megan Palmer on fiddle up to the Chicago dates. And the prairies in Canada were booked for us by Shuyler Jansen my ole buddy and one of my favourite songwriters of all time. Why this guy is not huge and famous bewilders me. His album Todays Remains is an actual masterpiece. I mean it. If the first song, Pegasus, does not blow your mind I strongly suggest you see a doctor about a personality transplant because you are dull as dish water if that shit dinna move you. What was i saying before that rant? Oh yeah, Canada. Carolyn Mark took care of our western needs and is joining the posse for the B.C. shows that includes a slew of island visits. Never played Saturna island before so that will be fun. Gotta run to our last Nyc gig now so keep checking in for stories of the road and send your peeps out to any shows you see at www.lutherwright.com/tourdates.php
April 17th, 2010It is true. When I saw this as a young lad I knew what I wanted to do... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuOsB4psC9E&feature=related
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March 16th, 2010Why, hello! I have finally made it home after two weeks more music and adventure in New York City where we did everything everywhere and played many shows. The Yukon experience still rings in my head though. There is only so many places one can be at once and I try to accelerate that factor but end up feeling pretty melancholy by the end of the day so I have to stop now for a bit, collect my strength to do it all again. The lake is still frozen over in front of where I live but two beautiful white swans just flew by announcing the change in seasons. Geese are also honking by overhead at regular intervals. The remnants of last years corn on the nearby fields must make this particular area a popular travel destination with our honky buddies. (I wonder why white people are called honkys? I will google it later.) New York highlights were lead by our gig at The Ear Inn. It is an old pub on Spring Street in the lower west side that has survived from the early 1800s through years of development and change. Jack Grace has had a regular gig there for ten years now and like so much else, he shared it with us. Teddy Kumpel joined the band on lead guitar for Hill Country and a last minute Banjo Jims gig and man, can he ever play! The Rodeo Bar gig was a zoo on a friday and full of characters both young and old. Mitch Anderson brought the house down with the Hockey Song by Stompin Tom Conners. He and Jason Mercer saw the Rangers beat Philly at Madison Square Gardens before our last show in Brooklyn at Superfine. That area under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges called Dumbo rules! Old cobblestone streets and converted warehouses. Jan Bell and the folks there treat us so super fine. Next up is a local show with Sarah Harmer, Fred Penner, Chris Brown and more as part of an informative event regarding the federal governments plans to close the prison farms. Kingston has two working prison farms which by all accounts provide actual rehabilitation through farm work. As well they produce foodstuffs for all the area prisons and local food banks. The herds of cows are an old line too and pump out 2,000 litres of milk per day. I will put up info links later. Ciao for now!
March 8th, 2010Greetings from New York City! For the 2nd year in a row I was here during the Billy Jean King Cup that takes place at Madison Square Gardens and this year Venus Williams won. She is on a winning streak, god love her (I sure do). Hmmm, it has been a long road down from the Yukon via Vancouver but that is how this crazy game called rock and roll is played. We had a fantabulous show in the now former olympic city to display our northern chops before heading back to Onsquario for a brief but mighty rejigging of the relationshipness. All is well on ye home front but damn, I miss my mom. Tivoli, Ny started off this current run of shows and we have added fiddler Megan to the mix of our already tight team of experts. The musical up shot is that she sings, solos and smells better than Jason and I. Jack Grace is also now at the helm as nyc is his turf (in contrast to my northern sphere of influence). We play a slew of shows here and around before the road eventually leads me back to my private life at an undisclosed location where plans are afoot to record a new album. Yup, new and I am gonna do it. Right on. Well, remember to hold the door for older people and check your rear view mirror for unwanted attention. I will be back soon with updates from the land of the free!
February 26th, 2010Holy wowzers! We are on the plane now from Vancouver to Toronto where we continue on by land to Nyc and the next weeks of music and fun. Our last western show was a smash hit what with Carolyn Mark and Pigby at the Wise Hall in Vangroovy. Such a beautiful sounding room to sing in. We started the night off which allowed us to enjoy the others music and mingle with our posse of sweet friends. All in all we are certainly happy to be heading towards our loved ones but melancholy about leaving all this adventure behind. The Yukon will resonate in our consciousness indefinitely as it is prone to do. Vancouver hosts so many transplanted Kingstonians that it feels like a second home. And with the olympics going strong it is more vibrant than ever. How the city survives the economic death star that is the Olympics remains to be seen. Watch how Greece fares in the next little while to get an idea what we may in for. The little country that could is reeling from hosting the games. See http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2010/02/17/OlympicEconomy/index.html
February 20th, 2010What a good time we had in Old Crow, Yukon! We flew up from Dawson City after a packed show there. Nice to return to Dawson after so many years and to play for such great folks. Old Crow is a fly in community of the Vuntut Gwichin people, which means people of the lakes. They have been in the area for thousands of years and we were so lucky to go there and get a small sense of the depth of their connection to the land. And play music of course. Everyone was very welcoming and we were met by our host Dorothy Frost who was also hosting a biologist named Ann who had arrived to help facilitate a meeting of researchers taking place just as we leave. They are coming up to share their findings and research about a variety of environmental issues affecting the north and specifically the area north of Old Crow that contains a slew of lakes rich in fish and critters that provides food for the community. Caribou is also a dietary mainstay in the north as well and we have eaten our fair share. The community is thriving in Old Crow according to our wonderful host. There is something going on every night it seems. The love shown towards the children and elders is something we could learn from in our settler culture. There was much laughter wherever we went. We played a show at the centre and an afternoon show at the school. We went for a great hike up the mountain on the edge of town one afternoon to get a birds eye view of the porcupine river and surrounding area. The temperature was a balmy 24 below celsius and we were actually sweating by the time we turned around to head back. Our last night there we tagged along to a dinner and presentation hosted by parks Canada. They are working with various levels of government and the community to develop strategies for the Vuntut national park which is north of the Old Crow flats where all the lakes are. Ann explained to us how they believe the lakes are formed and how global warming is causing rapid changes in the area. We are just descending back into Dawson City over the white, stark mountains along the mighty Yukon River. We have the night off for me to show Jason the sites and nightlife. We will hit Diamond Tooth Gerties for some gambling and then the Pit, the popular tavern to imbibe with the locals. Everyone up here refers to us simply as the musicians. Old Crow is truly one of the best place music has taken me.
February 13th, 2010We have been in the Yukon for 12 days now and are onto another show today south of Whitehorse. We played in Teslin last night at the first nations band centre and college. Our wonderful hosts Birgit and Doug are pioneer folks with a some home schooled, dynamo kids in a log cabin. Everyone we have stayed and played for is equally as gracious and fascinating. Yolande and Rich in Haines Junction have a big home with a view of the St Elias mountain range. And their two daughters are at 6 and 10 already showing signs of great musical talent. The youngest opened the show with a banjo song that brought the house down. Our show the next night at the Hardy house in Whitehorse started a similar way with the granddaughter doing a piano song. How cute is that? When all is said and done we will have driven all the major roads in the Yukon. Every house we stay at is as different as the people in them. Such is the glory of this tour. A delightful opportunity to connect with people and have a proper visit. This land is vast and breath taking. And we are enjoying what the locals call a very mild winter. Average temperatures being around 8 below celsius. Our 2nd last stop is up in Old Crow, the most northerly settlement in the territory. Up there it is colder for sure but it will justify us lugging around our big snow goose parkas. Our main man Steve Gedrose at Music Yukon has been a star what with helping us navigate the not so complex community and generally being a real mench. We base ourselves out of the office apartment and are able to use the interweb to keep the future approaching at a feasible rate. Went dogsledding today. What a rush that was. Almost lost it a few times but my team were good. So much more to write about but we gotta go play our 6th show in as many days.
February 5th, 2010Greetings from the Yukon Territories where we are playing all over on our 3 week tour. We go from Watson Lake in the south east to Haines Junction in the southwest all the way up to Old Crow, the most northerly settlement in the Yukon. It is really beautiful up here and the people are swell. Cold though eh. But then again it was 28 below in Wakefield Quebec the other day for dragonfest so welcome to Canadadia. Jason insists on doing most of the driving so I am left to my own devices on the passenger side. That includes much rambling on and fidgeting. Also I am making a movie of our adventures on my little camera. The tour ends up here with a weekend in Dawson City where we are staying and playing at Bombay Peggys, the renovated brothel that I lived in back in 1985 when it was a condemned building on a swamp by the ferry to cross the Yukon river. That is where I started playing music for real. It is also where I stepped on a nail and was on crutches when my love of two years told me she was leaving me to go to Mexico and think about life. Even though I had it coming I wept like the broken man I was while riding on the crappy bike that I used to get around with my bum foot. I rode along side her bus as it pulled out of town and can still see her beautiful face in the window of the greyhound. Such saddness I had never known. Returning home that day I was sure I would suffocate as the air had become lead. Each breath went towards another moan and my heart begged for an end. I went in to work at the Midnight Sun Hotel that night but could not stop weeping so my boss told me to leave. I guess the customers were getting uncomfortable with their pathetic wretch of a waiter. Mercifully my kindly british friend Graham insisted that I come and stay with him and the lovely Jocelyn Mcdowell until I got my shit together and I will never forgot them for that. It is pretty tough to have a broken heart, no running water or electricity and a bum foot all at the same time, eh. But that was a long long time ago now...
January 2nd, 2010And what a year it will be. Although it started with such sadness and strife that the earthquake in Haiti has brought to an already troubled place. Our hearts and efforts go out the people of that part of the island. Please donate what you can to one of the many charities that are helping out directly there. I am gathering my warm clothes up for my tour of the Yukon in February. We just had a big weekend of birthday shows with Jenny Whiteley to get ready. I am so looking forward to returning to Dawson City where I lived in 1984 and played my first real show. We opened for Doug & the Slugs at Diamond Tooth Gerties to a huge crowd. I recall having puffy flock of Seagulls hair and a baggy white shirt ala Sienfeld... All the best in 2010
December 10th, 2009It is that time of the year again when we put on a big rock show for the Salvation Army emergency relief fund. 15 years running and we still got it going. This time we are at the Mansion in Kingston for 2 shows in one night featuring Sarah Harmer, P.S. I Love You, Sheesham Crowe, Luther Wright, Chris Brown, Kelly & Ball xmas xplosion, Paul Langois of the Tragically Hip and Awna Teixeira of po girl. Tickets are limited and available at the club or Zap Records in Kingston. First show is 7:30 and is all ages and the 2nd show is at 11 and is 19 plus. Merry merry merry
October 25th, 2009Hi there folks. We are just finishing up a spectacular run around the colourful eastern parts. Fall glory through and through from Newfoundland to Brooklyn NY and here today in Bearsville NY by Woodstock where our Americana homies Jack & Daria Grace hold up. Carolyn Mark, Tolan McNeil and Diona Davies and I sure had a blast in eastern Canada. The roads were mercifully clear of moose for our epic drive across and back across Nflnd. What a great bunch of people they are down east. We oughta all just go there for personality enhancement retreats. Really, I mean it. En route we played the pirates place in St John NB (real pirate) and Halifax at the fabulous Company House. Both of them now my favourite venues anywhere. The Company House is a great addition to the trapline for the travelling bard . Super great sound on stage which I sometimes just really want, and that was one of those nights. Rose Cousins had left cookies for us. What else do you need except for a place to stay? And they had that right upstairs of the club. Carolyn, Tolan & Diona played and sang so great every night and were sporty enough to join me for a good portion of my set so let us just say that everybody won. My new van, Buck Rogers, did us solid too. Geoff and Allison in St J Newfoundland did us super solid on the nesting front as we had 3 shows in 3 clubs and wanted to see as much of the area during the day as possible. Day trips to Quidi Vidi, Signal Hill, Cape Spear (most easterly point in North America), and a few very local pubs rounded out our full bodied, every night more people, (divided by) gourmet, home cooked meals, eastern experience. It is all there for us. LW
September 24th, 2009Hi pilgrims, the van is getting pimped out in Ruebebn deGroots driveway as I write this (never been much good with the tools). I just sent the Rueben record off to get mastered yesterday. A masterpiece if I do say so myself. Next Friday I meet up with Carolyn Mark, Tolan & Diona at Pop Montreal and after a nice Mint records afternoon show and we head to Quebec City for the night show. Going to be great to be in the maritimes again. And look out Newfoundland! We will be there for 6 days of fun and shows at the Ship Inn and more http://www.lutherwright.com/tourdates.php Get home in time to be part of the Leonard Cohen tribute at Hughs Room in Toronto October 16 & 17 Then to NYC for a week of shows with the Jack Grace Band!
July 7th, 2009That is right. Check them out all day and night. There is a link on the linky page plus a link to some live footage from a past Hootenennay. Thanks Andrew.
June 24th, 2009Great summer fun ahead. Check out the tour dates for new shows. Working hard to finish local sensation Rueben deGroots amazing cd. We have a probelm with the code on the website so I cannot use apostrophes. It does not mean I am dumb (er).
May 25th, 2009Greetings pilgrims. Working away booking bands at Casey Fishers new club The Mansion. The music takes place in the Living Room and we have had some great bands come through so far. Music every night. And I am finishing up the finer points on Rueben de Groots new cd that we started recording at the end of the year. He is making a big splash on the local scene with his great music, search him out. I laid off chasing too many festivals this summer in order to get the new club off the ground, finish a few projects and get started on a new cd of my own but there is still a mish mash of shows to be played. Looking forward to having Jack Grace and his band back up to Canada at the end of July and we are heading down to NYC and Woodstock area in August to reverse the process. It is hush hush diplomatic work generally. I am staring across the lake at Wolfe Island where a gazillion windmills are just coming online. Hmmm, quite an ordeal for the community over there and we in Kinkytown do not get to keep the power even. I guess it is better than a nuke plant or being Brian Mulroney right now. In music news, I saw my friends band Meatdraw the other night and have already started to cover one of his awesome songs. I think ye next disc of mine will be packing a bunch of my buddies songs to round out my new hits. I cannot stop myself salut, LW
April 15th, 2009Heading west with renowned mandolin player Dan Whiteley and banjo and bassist Jason Mercer. Jason has been out on the road on and off for years with Ron Sexsmith and before that Ani Difranco but we originally met back in his Bourbon Tabernacle Choir days. He plays banjo on every LW and the Wrongs cd since 1998s Rogers Waltz and we have done a series of shows lately in New York city that lead to this collaboration. We will likely feature the banjo, guitar and mandolin in the early part of the show and then move his over to bass for some rocking as the night goes on. Also joining the tour is Mitch Anderson doing Stomping Tom Conners songs. He sings them so well you can smell the potatoes. Check tour dates section and send word to any friends you have nearby. xo. Lw
March 5th, 2009At 506 Princess street in Kingston a new venue owned and operated by Casey Fisher (Wrongs drummer) and family. Live music every night of the week booked by yours truly. Our website will be up soon with all the information you need so stay tuned!
February 19th, 2009Holy excellent time was had! 6 shows in 5 days in New York with Megan Palmer on fiddle, Jason Mercer on banjo and Benny Cha Cha on double bass. Played with our friends the Jack Grace Band and more excellent musicians. If you miss that then come on out New York to our show with Tony Scherr (Bill Frizell,Sex Mob) and Chris Brown & Kate Fenner at the Living Room. xo
January 28th, 2009Just back from western Canada and a great tour with Po Girl. We sailed through Alberta and B.C. in fine fashion. Those folks are amazing performers and we shared the stage every night. Check them out at: http://pogirl.net Next up is some weekend trips with the wrongs and most excitingly, a good run of shows in New York City at the end of February with Megan Palmer & Jason Mercer. Our hopes are to record some more Instrumentality stlye music while we are all together. salut!
December 11th, 2008The benefit for the emergency relief fund at the Sally Ann was a great success! We raised almost $3,000 for the cause and everyone seemed to have a fun time. Sorry to all who could not get tickets to the show. Next year we will endeavor to present the show at a larger venue. The show started off with the Hacapellas doing their barbershop wonder and then Rueben de Groot took it from there with his fine songs and warm voice (and killer band). There was more barbershop to follow Rueben then Krista Muir and her guitarist Shane entertained the crowd with her lovely songs. Jay Harris kicked some rocking butt featuring songs from his latest cd and set the stage for Music Maul to play there quirky but highly entertaining music. The did a whack version of City Sidewalks that could only be followed by Emily Fennell singing Please Come Home For Christmas by B.B. King. At that point our special guest Allison Russell of Po Girl knocked everyone out with a song by JT & the Clouds and then stayed on stage to join me for a few new tunes that also featured Sarah on drums, Sean Kelly on bass and Emily on piano. Ms Harmer came around from the drums and started her set with an Algonquin christmas song and then brought Sean, Fuzzy Fraser and myself up to rip through some of her excellent new songs. But not before she wrangled J. Euringer and Chris Brown up to join her for that old Weeping Tile chesnut, Room with the Sir John A View. With the place at this point swooning away, Sean Kelly took it over the top with Captain Footbags from Slaves of Spanky and a troupe of stars to wow the room with the Run DMC song Christmas in Hollis. His Mister Rogers sweater made it even more dark. By then the only thing left to do was get everyone we could on stage to end the night with Feed the World or whatever that is titled. All in all a smashing good time! Happy New Years!! xxoo
December 4th, 2008made friends with a nice man named Bob Wilson who is taking on the booking responsibilities for me and the gang. Bob can be reached at the link below to the left or through Live Tour Artists. salut!
November 10th, 2008Out a ye cabin I produced a cd for my friend Emily Fennell that you can check out some songs at: http://www.myspace.com/sugarplumband It features a number of the Wrongs and is really wonderful. Copies will be available for purchase in the new year.
October 9th, 2008What fun it is to play music with your friends and I tell you, Krista Muir is a real talent and I encourage you to check her out either live or buy her cd including her beautiful new cd Accidental Railway. she's online at: http://www.lederhosenlucil.com
September 17th, 2008
Ahh, just back from a fine 4 day trip in Algonquin park with a film crew and recording dudes from my Hamilton posse. We canoed into the southern part of the park and set up a mobile studio to record a bunch of my songs that the crew had picked to do. The idea is for a T.V. pilot about Canadian nature and music all rolled into one. Gorgeous time of year to be up there and we got some fine footage and music recorded. We'll see how it turns out.
Back in the groove with playing here and there around the province. Casey Fisher opened his new club the Living Room in Kingston this month and we hit the stage there on the 26th with Blue Lake Stars and the Gertrudes. Mucho fun. Lot's of gigs listed in the tour dates section if you are nearby on the right day. It starts out with Krista LL Muir and then we hook up with Shuyler Jansen for some fun shows. Cam Giroux is joining us back on the drums for these shows and I can't wait to play with him of course. And I'm especially excited about returning to the Albion Hotel in Guelph to play as we rocked that house through the '90's with Weeping Tile, not to mention that my grandpa used to have a beer there back in the 1920's !!
We recorded a different version of my song "Northern" for a compilation Waterkeepers cd being produced by Chris Brown. Sarah Harmer, Chris & I layed it down on Wolfe Island at Browns' new studio t'other day. Pretty sweet sounding and only going to be sweeter with some drums by Anton Fier and and some double bass by Tony Scherr. And to wind it all up for today here's a link to some fun shots of the Man of Your Dreams tour we did at summers' start:
June 13th, 2008
On the way to the No Dog Jolification outside of Perth Ontario this weekend. A freaky donations only festival run by my brother Geordie and his pals. We'll be doing a mini Hootenanny with some of the folks who played Wolfe Isle with us. Then it's down to the South Shore Festival in Milford on Prince Edward County on Sunday. Summer is winding down and the fall is coming into focus. Big opening show at Kingstons' new venue The Living Room. We'll be there on the 19th with friends from B.C., "E.S.L.". The plans to tour with Krista LL Muir and after that with Shuyler Jansen are both coming togehter nicely. But first we hit NYC in early september to rock it as the Wrongs.
Wolfe Island Hootenanny!! was a blast on Augut 8th at 8:30. Featuring Carolyn Mark, Jenny & Dan Whiteley, Joey & Luther Wright, The Abrams Brothers, Mitch Anderson (singing Stompin' Tom Conners), Chris Brown, Tony Scherr, Anton Fier, The Hank & Lily Show, Greg Stewart, JT Taylor, and other stars of the Canadian roots collective. Alan Neal of the CBC was there recording the event for broadcast on Bandwidth and/or Canada Live sometime this fall. I'm sure out of the 3 & 1/2 hours of the show he got some fine collaborative stuff for his shows. Thanks Alan & the CBC!!
Had a smokin' good time out west at Vancouver Folk Fest and the Little Fest at the Slocan Lodgte with Carolyn and Sarah Harmer and friends. Saw my new favourite band the Wet Secrets from Edmonton. check'em out!
May 20th, 2008I just found a CBC session from Vancouver 2001 of 'the Wrongs unplugged and had forgot about a song that we used to play called 50 Bucks. Good version if you want to check it out you gotta copy and paste:
April 9th, 2008The cd releasing has gone well. (reviews: http://www.lutherwright.com/reviews.php ) We had a ripping good home town show at the Grad Club with the new super group of 7. Newest feature is cellist Greg Stewart from San Fran who we scooped up in time for rehearsing and such. The songs translated wonderfully live and we carried on up to Montreal for a show with Ladies of the Canyon at Le Divan Orange. We slimmed down to a 4 piece to play our friends bar in Wakefield on the Saturday but the intensity was there and it got a little more old school country as I couldn't help myself what with the history around that place. Dan and I mixed it up at the Amnesty International Benefit the next day at the National Archive Theatre as part of the Ottawa Opry hosted by Pat Moore and her awesome band, Vinyl Frontier. Many smiles and not a few back slaps later has us off to New York City this weekend where we join up with Megan Palmer, Ben Rubin and Tony Scherr for 3 shows of hard-hitting music and much revelry. Keep your stick on the ice out there in interweb land...
February 20th, 2008
An official release of said cd is also the 50th aniversary of the inaugural flight of the Avro Arrow . "Man of Your Dreams" is coming out on our own Snakeye Muzak and is being distributed by Outside Music is also a double party in that they are re-releasing Rebuild the Wall, available again in stores. CD release show's are in the booking phase, as is the spring & summer's fun.
You can check out a few songs from MOYD at:
And if you run with the "fast" crowd then there's the cd quality downloads by the track or eat the whole cd with artwork at Zunior:
January 31st, 2008
As it seems easier to upload on myspace I put up the Wrongs videos for your viewing pleasure....
There's: Race to the Top (from Guitar Pickin' Martyrs) & 2 vids from Rebuild the Wall
December 19th, 2007
Our first show there and already we're called a staple. Nice enough to get us back there at the end of February for a show (29th-9:30 show) surrounded by a couple of sweet Brooklyn gigs and an evening at Googies Lounge with Megan Palmer and friends. ye tour dates http://www.lutherwright.com/tourdates.php
check out http://www.reveillemag.com/columns/walsh/friday-on-my-mind-banjo-jim-is-everywhere halfway down the page...
November 15th, 2007
Well they say the storm's blowing down from Lake Huron but I hope to get wayyyy past Buffalo before tomorrow's lunchtime. Columbus awaits for two nights of fun with Megan Palmer and those Ohio players of hers. My wing man had to pull out at the last minute so I'm hopping up on go-go juice and driving the 9 hours alone. It'll be nice to get back to Columbus and also to beautiful Thomas, West Virginia where we play Sunday. I was there last fall with the Shiftless Rounders and enjoyed the area and the people immensely. Megan and I decided to make a few weekends out of it and to get the gang back together in some form or another so at the end of the month we'll be in NYC for some serious picking. I think I'm just about good enough to keep up with the likes of the gang now.
for more show info: http://www.lutherwright.com/tourdates.php
October 16th, 2007I put up two tracks including the title track, up on our www.myspace.com/lutherwright site. Man of Your Dreams and Twin Butte, Alberta are there now and I'll change them up as I anticipate having the actual CD in my hands within this cycle of the moon... lw
September 22nd, 2007
Dan Whiteley and I made a 9 song cd for our recent tour out west and we are selling them at the store here ye ole site and at any shows we do together while supplies last.
http://www.lutherwright.com/store.php It's called, "Yes, You Do" and we recorded it on August 25 at the Daverne farm in Adolphustown with a few folks sitting around listening in. Check out "She Is Right On" at: http://www.lutherwright.com/music.php It's at the bottom of the page. It was the only song with full band, the rest are Dan & I with Emmy-lea Fennell singing the harmonies. Yahoo!!
And here's a clip from the Rockwood in NYC in the spring: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-jIfdeORMNw
September 5th, 2007
As the young'uns are back in school again it's time to listen to some music we did at the end of school in the spring. Check out: http://www.lutherwright.com/music.php
in ye ole music room and at the bottom you'll see "I swam across the bay today Gordon" as performed by the kids and me in Mr. Mitchels music class.
August 21st, 2007Wolfe Island festival went super good. The friday night Hootenanny Revue took place on the front steps of the Town Hall right near the ferry docks and some 300 happy folks showed up to see us do our thing. We were flying without Ms Carolyn Mark for the first time and at first I felt empty and alone but with Krista Lederhosen Lucil Muir as Ms. Marks stand-in we managed to find our groove. Ms Jenny Whiteley held her own and then some being 8.5 months pregnant and ready to rock. The line-up also included brother/husband Joey Wright, Jim Bryson, Chris Brown (we wheeled out his hammnd organ for the event!), Sam Allison on double bass, Cam Giroux on drums and our guest Julie Fader. I am waiting for pictures to put up in ye ole photo gallery but I did get a couple of shots of Weeping Tile performing on the Saturday of the festival (thanks to Terry Prendergast, long time buddy and fan). The Saturday event was a ripper too. Spiral Beach made my day and of course Wolfe Parade did a solid show, featuring alot of new material. Apostle of Hustle killed it good right after Weeping Tile played our reunion set (of sorts). All in all a wild success for all and Ms Virginia Clark and Madam Sarah Mcdermott, promoters of the event, did us solid once again. xo
August 7th, 2007
Just to tempt you for next year read what you may have missed:
and coming up this weekend!!
July 28th, 2007
Much fun to be had this time of year for the music lover. We've been busy bouncing around the area playing in various formations. Last week we teamed up and played a benefit to help sustain the native folks who are camping out on their land in the Lanark County area that has been chosen as a possible site for a Uranium mine. Bad idea. Lot's of people came out to the Church hall in Sharbot Lake to hear music, native drumming and a few words about the situation. Sarah Harmer, Chris Brown, Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright & I all played to a packed house and some $7,000 was raised.
Tonight LW & the Wrongs kick it up on beautiful Prince Edward County at the Mt Tabor Playhouse as the last of a series of shows presented by Emily Fennell and Spin the Bottle. 10,000 people flock to the county in the summer to enjoy one of Ontario's best kept secrets. Probably not alot of risk of me letting the cat out of the bag on this site as I'm not sure anyone will read this missive anyhoo.
Wolfe Island Festival approaches and with it the public, for profit reunion of Weeping Tile. We've been working madly on bringing the beast back to life and so far the electrical storms necessary to revive the dead are consistent enough that we may have a walking, talking, singing monster ready to eat your heads come August 11th at 7pm. Beware...
July 3rd, 2007THE COAST-HALIFAX, N.S. Published May 17, 2007. Luther Wright and the Wrongs Instrumentality (Snakeye Muzak) "Instrumentality harks back to the days when country backing groups (Buck Owens’s Buckeroos or Merle Haggard’s Strangers) would release instrumental albums without their respective leaders to show the talents of the musicians. Using a similar mode, this disc is a cut-and-paste of killer licks and ripping jams. Filmmaker Ron Mann asked Wright to compose a song for his doc Go Further, but Wright didn’t stop there—he jammed out enough tracks to make this release. Instrumentality is packed with marvellous jams that reek of a good time hootenanny, and is essential for fans of Americana." by Trevor MacLaren
June 29th, 2007And back at it with a whole bunch of great people up in the rolling hills of Lanark County. I expect to see real elves too. www.jennywhiteley.com has all the details and schedule. An all star line-up and such a pretty place to see music and get your groove on.
June 12th, 2007
It's getting hot and that means our species gravitates towards fields and farmland to enjoy music under the open skies. Our participation in these pagan affairs is limited this year after a good decade run of summer festivals but we are still hitting the stage at a few. This weekend ahead (June 15-17) finds a reunion of sorts in the Wrongs camp with Cam Giroux & Burke Carroll joining in on drums and pedal steel respectively. On our way to the Minesing Wetlands festival on Saturday we are stopping by Toronto to play at the newest of hotspots, the Dakota Tavern for an all-nite Wrongs-o-rama Friday. Dan Whiteley and JT round out the mix with word out that Jay Euringer (of Sarah Harmer's acoustic band & part-time Wrong) and perhaps the legendary Sean Kelly (Wrongs/Weeping Tile) may join in the fun or at least the drinking. See ya there or for a day or two out of the smelly city come up to the Minesing un-plugged festival where we headline Saturday night.
check out: http://www.minesingunplugged.ca/
May 19th, 2007yeah well it was all calm and collected like when I wrote the missive below. Settled in at chez Ben & Jess in B-town while the kids ran free around Times Square, the whole evening looked pretty standard. Even with the cross Brooklyn drive to Tony's to fetch him (fresh from mixing his new album all day) and then the scoot over to the west village to pick up our cds at Kate Fenner's before racing to the Rodeo Bar. And being 10:30 on a Friday it was full of people full of booze, mildly annoying and rambling around while we loaded in the goods and set up. Slightly surreal but only getting better, or nokay, by the time we finished our first of two sets. Four huge guys who had been power-drinking mid room at a table exploded into a fight the second after we stopped playing. Tables, drinks,candles, men and women were suddenly flying at the stage as these mammoth louts pounded the shit out of each other. We all stood on stage hugging our instruments until the violence abated. Dan Curtis somehow was credited for breaking it up. Which we don't think happened but why mess with the truth when the blood isn't even dry on the floor. The second set seemed tame in comparison save for the public drunkeness of certain characters. .. uh, I gotta go. Oh yeah, the staff at the Rodeo Bar are some of the nicest people we get to see on the road. We love them. Two shows tonight in Brooklyn. 8pm at 68 Jay street in Dumbo then a ripper at 12 bells up the road at Hanks saloon. Heard some of Tony Scheer's new music and was moved in all the right ways. That monkey is a genius-y type of man.
May 18th, 2007What seemed like a smooth ride into the city took a turn for the worse as we hit the George Washington Bridge after an ever so smooth cruise down the Palisades Parkway (which is the way to go, pilgrim, if yer coming down this way from up there). Lock and blocked traffic all the way thru the tri-boro into the Gowanus canal area of Brooklyn where Tony Scheer lives. We were rattled by then but nonetheless happy to see Tony who was playing in the Wrongs for our 4 show visit as well as lending us a pile o' gear to play with. Tony is the smooth operating, songwriting band-leading-sidemaning broham who does his thing with Bill Frisell, Sex Mob, Willie Nelson, Chris Brown & Kate Fenner and now LW &the W's. All the biggies. And grooving out the smooth we have a veteran wrong, Dr. Benny Cha Cha Rubin sitting in for JT on the double bass as we blast through 40 or so songs tonight at the Rodeo Bar in Manhatten. It's Friday night so it looks like to be a zoo replete with Margaritas in red plastic cups and alot of white girls getting their drink on. Not to be out done we brought our own white girl in the form of Emily Fennell. She's a singing, playing mama from the Kingston area who is just finishing a roots album with me and the most of the Wrongs. Stay tuned for that gem, should be out in month or two. She takes the stage for some songs while out with the Wrongs. It breaks up the man-meld music a bit and gives me a chance to guzzle some of those weak yankee beers. And it ain't over after tonight neither as we move the show back over to Brooklyn again for a ripping set at Hanks Saloon down on 3rd and Atlantic. Roadhouses in the city seems to be our calling these days. That and gigs like "Hay Days" in Tamworth where farmers assemble giant rolled hay bales into metaphorical sculpture that tweaks the mind on a summers day. And we play the accompanying music. That's what we do there...
May 1st, 2007Working towards victory on alot of recording fronts as the spring takes hold. Big news is that Weeping Tile is playing the Wolfe Island Music Festival on August 11th. Our first festival show in some years but surely something to witness live so get your tickets. go to: www.wolfeislandmusicfest.com The Friday night of the festival (Aug 10th) we are hosting a Hootenanny-esq event at St. Margret's Hall on Wolfe Island to kick off the festival. Ms Carolyn Mark will be engaged elsewhere that evening so how it works without will also be something of wild card. My plan (as host of the next day) is to bring in some of the stars of the Saturday line-up to bolster the ranks that include: Jenny & Dan Whiteley, Joey Wright, Julie Fader and Jim Bryson. More details to come on that.
April 4th, 2007
That's right. As the Hootenanny rolls on I'm learning the chops and as of Monday April 9th Hank & Lily light up the stage starting in Kingston.
Ap 9th- Kingston-The Artel 8pm, 10th, Montreal-The Green Room, 11th Ottawa- Zaphods, 12th Quebec City- Bar Sacrilege, 13th Toronto- The Tiger Club, 14th Hamilton-the Casbah.
For more info go to www.hankandlily.com
March 21st, 2007
It's that time of year when the clan gathers to head out in Ontario and Quebec to entertain the people under the banner of Hootenanny! Ms Carolyn leads a slightly streamlined team of experts on a 10 show exodus listed here http://www.lutherwright.com/tourdates.php This time Jim Bryson joins the troupe as the Queens representative from Ottawa, fully endorsed by Kaiser Harper and ready to rumble. Hank & Lily are not just here for the Hoot either, they have a week of their own shows planned following the Hootenanny and if I don't mess up too bad it looks like I'll be playing the bass and drinking the blood of live grapefruits (or monkeys, whichever is easier to swallow on the day). Check out their site and tour dates http://www.hankandlily.com/ to find out if they are bringing the fabulous Hank & Lily Show to anywhere in your area. And of course it wouldn't be a proper Hootenanny if you couldn't count on seeing the twin sibling/cousin team of Jenny & Dan Whiteley and Joey & Luther Wright not to mention the special guests that we kidnap along the way. Vaminos!!
March 1st, 2007Hey y'all. So I am back in the sales game with a big ole pile of Rebuild the Walls and Guitar Pickin' Martyrs. The sense of control is heady, I must sit down..........ahhhh......victory.
February 14th, 2007
Back in the valentino groove here on the north shore of
Lily Fawn threw, "the best birthday party gig for me ever", that lasted three days and broke a land speed record for fun. I recall being blindfolded and swinging wildly at a paper donkey piñata. There was a big bang and I thought I'd clobbered a civilian but when the candy flew like shrapnel across the bar I knew we'd won again. And the night went on. An invigorated and focused Tolan McNeil was on board from the get-go, playing like a daemon and wholly entertaining us all backstage where the secret really, excellent stuff happens that these pages will never reveal. NEVER!!!.
ahem, so the Carolinians held their own in the whiskey sippin' department and they graciously/saucily presented me with a grab bag of gifts including: wow! a new pair of nipple clamps (just when I'd left mine by the hot tub at the ski hill).
January 17th. A breakfast fit for four with a waitress who spoke our dialect.
January 17th. A breakfast fit for four with a waitress who spoke our dialect.
On the other side of the Malahat at some little ferry terminal, Diona crawls in and finds a spot to perch between me and CM who is at the wheel of our over-stuffed, borrowed Volvo named Griselda as we peel it up island to the Waverly Tavern in Cumberland B.C. It's without saying another banner show, much hugging, hootchin' and hilarity. After rocking it out on bass to "America" with Hank & Lily I remember eating cake with the locals and saying, "to play in Hank & Lilys band is to live free of doubt yet full of pain!!"
3 days later Blind Alan K. from the little Slocan Lodge met me promptly at 4:20 at the
There was more of that that happened at our last gig down there too. It was at a place called the Cannibal Club, you can just imagine how that ended, burp… So getting back to
So besides finishing up the obvious recording projects (just…..a…little….farther……) the next things up revolve around the eastern
xo to the xox valentines day, yeah...
December 14th, 2006
Howdy! Well the new year looks to be bringing a trip west to do some solio shows with Hank & Lily, Carolyn Mark and the gang and then as the winter turns to spring we are putting together some concert series stuff around Kingston. My solo project (that is actually not really me and a guitar but alot of cross-over pop stuff) should be done in the first month or two of '07 as my buddy Marty Kinack is dialing in the mixes as we speak. The Hootenanny Revue is up and at'em tentatively starting in Montreal on March 29th. This time Jim Bryson will be playing the part of Oh Susanna and Shuyler Jansen. More dates to come on that soon.
Have a fine hoilday season! xxoo
November 11th, 2006
A day of remembrance for the fallen in the wars of men. We are playing for the saddened at our local haunt, the Grad Club, tonight for a 2nd year running with the unbeatable Washboard Hank. A current conflict underway in Oaxaca City has been going on since the spring has become a national concern for Mexico and anyone who knows the state of Oaxaca and it's beautiful capital. For more information about the struggle by the Teachers Union and many other groups to rid the state of its governor you can start at: http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1641422006 and google your brains out. Tonight we'll play a inspired version of Bells of Oaxaca in tribute to the people of Oaxaca City.
and for a musical look around please go to: www.resistwar.com and download the song.
October 4th, 2006Greetings from lovely Thomas West Virginia where I played last night with the Shiftless Rounders at the awesome Purple Fiddle Cafe. The folks here are wonderful (they have a karma soup, free for the hungry) and present music almost every night of the week. The tour through Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia was full of adventure and many generous hosts that fed us fine and gave us warm, comfy places to sleep. As the tour progressed we have been melding our show into a smooth blend of our diverging styles. Phil & Benny are excellent players and singers so check out their music at www.theshiftlessrounders.com and keep an eye out for their new cd "Warm Clothing Line", that I'm producing and hope to have ready for the new year along with my own cd. A few more shows to get us home and then it's off to open for Jenny Whiteley at some of her cd release shows in support of her amazing new cd, "Dear". Go to www.blackhenmusic.com and click on the store and order her cd right away!! Well you're at it I highly recommend the music of Geoff Berner....Whiskey Rabbi will fill your cup my brethren...
September 20th, 2006It looks like the LW & the Wrongs music is also for sale through http://www.zunior.com/ if you want to buy the downloadable album to put direct on the ipod/mp3 gadgets. You can find the LW & The Wrongs music under Snakeye Muzak on the left of the site in the browsing section.
The whole site is full of good music and one can acquire songs or entire albums in a lossless, audio format and if you are keen the artwork files too. The future is now!
August 31st, 2006
August 29th, 2006
August 17th, 2006
Yep, and that's your chance to jump ship. But if you are staying around earth then go out and see live music as there is a code in the beat that you can decipher and get your confirmation number for your flight to paradise. The Hootenanny Revue summer-lovin' tour was a festival size success! Everyone has scattered east and west to do their thang until next time which is set for middle of October out in Gords country (Alberta that is) and B.C., the land of magic, mushrooms, maryjane and mayonaise. Before that ship sails I'll be doing some diplomatic work down in the former colonies with my bearded buddies the Shiftless Rounders. As the tour dates section of ye ole website will attest, we are staying this side of the Mississippi but foraying as far south as our rental car agreement will allow. Not getting quite into ole Miss though, and it pains me not to play the Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg where LW & the Wrongs found sheer happiness in and amongst the many music lovers tucked away in the south eastern corner of that hot and history filled state.
June 17th, 2006
June 17th, 2006
June 10th, 2006
-Rosanna Goodman June, 2006
May 20th, 2006
Deep into the wily month of May and the events are approaching as the calender ticks.
Despite sound negtoiations by our crackerjack booking team we found out that the Mariposa festival will be declining our Hootenanny Revue services this year. I t came as a surprise to all but agent Jenny quickly sorted us out a show at Harbourfront on the 15th of July and we've decided to host a festival in Elphin, Ontario on the weekend of July 8th. Details to follow about that. Rumours of a Hoot show in Wakefield, Quebec at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in early August also abound. Mandolin/rocket surgeon Dan Whiteley and I have been gigging around as a duo to great response and ' the Wrongs are playing a few local festivals in the next month too. The big news is that the cd "My Old Man", a tribute to Steve Goodman, is ready for release and all the artists that contributed to the cd are joining forces for a show at the Living Room in New York City on June 7th.
We contributed a version of City Of New Orleans for the cd as well as an instrumental number entitled, "Jesses Jig". The spike in the punch of the summer is all about the Hootenanny Revue in it's various forms, culminating with full attendance performances at the sold out, super-duper good time Hillside Festival in Guelph the last weekend of July and the equally awesome, yet slightly more for the whole family, Blue Skies festival the first week of August. We are ending the Hoot summer at the Wolfe Island festival on friday the 11th as part of this increasingly popular and always wonderful event presented once again by Sarah & Virg, two of Kingstons finest event organizers. And prior to all of that LW & the W's and Butterfingers! will be part of the first Skeleton Park Music Festival in Kingston on June 24th. It is a wonderful, community organized event that features loads of Kingston based bands and musicians.
Come one, come all!!
April 19th, 2006
Hey there! Back from the Hootenanny Revue that blazed through Quebec and Ontario with all in tow. There are fine photos from our big show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Check out some photos at: http://TorontoLiveClubHub.com
February 21st, 2006Hey hey, a nice woman named Daisy has helped me finally get the online store and photo gallery sections of this site open. We were painting and cleaning all night! But the shelves are stocked and our keen sales staff is standing by to ship off your orders. Photos are forthcoming still but it shan't be long before there are many glorious shots to peruse.
February 3rd, 2006As the review/press section of this site is not up and running I put some links to reviews in the links section at the bottom. check 'em out: http://www.lutherwright.com/links.php
February 1st, 2006
Art is as art does
performances of plays that have since lasted centuries being staged in barns to concert halls. I'm not so sure money and taste and inexorably linked like perhaps they were in they heydays of the Edwarrdian era (late 1800's). The world needs accessible "art" more now than ever. It may be that the best thing people can do is to nuture their artistic urges. Each of us has a special, unique view of things and how we each choose to interpret and communicate those views is often one of the more fascinating elements of humanity for me. The artistic expression of total strangers carries no baggage beyond the piece presented. One can assume things about the creator of a painting or a song but really, who's to know if they ain't talkin'? Who really needs to know? It's just out there to take however we choose.
hey, I gotta go.
January 25th, 2006Up above where it says GALLERY you can head into the music room and listen to some songs from the catalogue. Some of them are shortened to fit the mp3 format. Something to whet your appetitie and if you want to buy the whole cd or the whole LW & the W's collection of cds you can head over to www.maplemusic.com The photo gallery is being worked on by a team of experts and like the store, ought to be up and running soon!
January 24th, 2006Moving right along with our newly elected government. Whew! Hey it looks like the Hootenanny Revue Tour 2006 is almost set to go. We are starting on the 30th of March in Kingston and playing our way through until the 15th of April. We'll have all the venues and dates up in a few weeks but I can tell you this, the line up has expanded! All in one night you can see: Carolyn Mark, Oh Susanna, Jenny Whiteley, Shuyler Jansen, Hank & Lily, Luther Wright all playing together and alone with our band of Dan Whiteley, Tolan McNeil, Diona Davies, and Cam Giroux. We have a theme song, dance moves, slick change overs and plenty of humourous asides. www.hootenanny.ca will also be packing some info as the day gets closer. Prior to that I'll be working away on the Luther cd and also will be playing a western pack of shows with my American amigos, the Shiftless Rounders in March that goes through B.C. and Alberta. Summer is shaping up too as the Hootenanny Revue Tour is being swept into some of the finer folk festivals out there. More news on that later.
December 22nd, 2005
December 12th, 2005Hey there folks. So sorry we haven't got the online store open and running yet. For the meantime please go to www.maplemusic.com to buy all your Luther Wright & the Wrongs cds. They have a fine selection of Canadian talent available.
December 8th, 2005The 10th annual Salvation Army benefit is on dec 21st At the Queens Grad Club in Kingston and features LW & the Wrongs, Jacksy (former weeping tile bassist Stickys indie pop band), Buck Jones (bar room country heroes), and Slaves Of Spanky (hip hop brilliance). Sarah is coming to sing too and rumour has it Chris Brown will be there as well as some other friends. It should be a riot. tickets online at www.rockcrew.ca, at the grad club, or at Zap Records on Princess St. All proceeds go to the Winter Relief Fund. Starts at 9pm. Yee to the muther-fuggin ha!
December 2nd, 2005
November 16th, 2005Howdy. turns out you can check out two videos of ours online from the not so distant past of The Guitar Pickin' Martyrs days. "Race to the Top", you can see online at: http://www.backporchrecords.com/albumpages/GuitaPickinMartyrs/guitarpickin.htm and that Bill Monroe song called, "Mighty Dark to Travel" done by documentary auteur, Ron Mann. go to the page below then scroll down and you'll see, "WATCH RON'S FIRST ROCK VIDEO" http://zed.cbc.ca/go.ZeD?CONTENT_ID=82374&page=content And to see the video for "Another Brick in the Wall", go to: http://www.backporchrecords.com/bpVideo.htm
November 16th, 2005
September 9th, 2005Summer is really fine in September. No bugs that bite and school buses are rumbling again. In celebration I went out and bought another cheap-o camera to reload the photos in our images section. I'll try and document the fall into winter season and see if it looks true on the screen.
August 31st, 2005A follow up on the item from August 23 regarding that famous man of the cloth. I recommend reading William Pitts article at; http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/083005I.shtml
August 30th, 2005Well the fall Hootenanny tour is booked and the ducks are lining up to be blown to pieces. "What is this Hootenanny", you say? Well Ms Carolyn has summed it up for us all. THE HISTORY: Born out of a bottle and necessity during the summer of the Commonwealth Games, The Hootenanny began as a weekly open stage in Victoria hostessed by Miss Carolyn Mark. The concept was stolen from a man named Mike McDonald (lead singer of Jr. Gone Wild) who hosted his weekly Rosebowl Jam every Sunday night at a pizza place in Edmonton. For ten years it stayed as it was, save for a venue change when the old place got new owners, expanding and shrinking with the seasons and adjusting to accommodate the ebb and flow of migrant musicians, student exam schedules, and televised sports events. Then one day long time pal Luther Wright (The Mayor of Kingston and lead singer of Luther Wright and The Wrongs) emerged from behind his trademark fog of green time travelling mist after a particularly heady session of springtime scheming with the notion that The Hootenanny should be put on that summer in Kingston at a sumptuous Irish bar. He sewed the curtains, alerted the press and assembled the cast which included Sarah Harmer, Oh! Susanna, Jenny Whiteley, NQ Arbuckle, Ford Pier, and himself. Miss Carolyn hostessed and played with her band. The event sold out and was magical. Many extended curtain calls and air kisses were shared by the cast after the We Are The World style finale and the night ended with many post-show toasts and pats on the back around the campfire after everything was packed up. The next year Luther called with an even grander idea. He would charter a boat and The Hootenanny would be performed at sea! A three hour cruise on The Island Princess around Kingston Harbour. Miss Harmer fronted the money and Luther patched the sails, organized the sound equipment, and re-assembled the original cast. Another sold-out success with the boat riding low in the water and some teary eyed fans left behind on the dock. Jenny Whiteley booked the cute hall just up the road from her place in Mayberly so the act could be broken in the night before and it was beautiful and there was much collaboration and it all felt like it was a hundred years ago. This spring, the original cast reformed for a touring-in-earnest version with Carolyn, Luther, Jenny and Oh! Susanna (not coming this time- just had a baby) performing eleven shows around Ontario and Quebec. Local acts rounded out the bill and were signed up at the beginning of each night on the red glitter chalk board unphased by the sound of invisible vampire handcuffs clicking around their willing wrists with everyone playing two sets of three songs each in front of the quilted Hootenanny banner and riding off into the sunset together grinning and patting their wallets and looking forward to the next time. Which brings us to the present and the all new plan: THE WESTERN HOOTENANNY REVUE! THE CAST: Your Hostess: MISS CAROLYN MARK (B.C.) featuring: Tolan McNeil, Diona Davies and Gregory "Goose" Macdonald Songs about food, wine and people you don't know. Come for the music, stay for the mental illness! Twice Juno Awarded: Pretty Miss JENNY WHITELEY (ONT) featuring: Joey Wright and Brother Dan Whiteley Songs about prison, cars, redemption, hairdos and don'ts. The Pride of Kingston: MR. LUTHER WRIGHT (ONT) featuring: all of the above and more Songs of heartache, despair, and glory. with HANK PINE AND LILY FAWN (B.C) Costumed duo sensations sing macabre cabaret creepy feel-good songs. and SHUYLER JANSEN (AB) One quarter of Albertan super group Old Reliable sings love songs for the working class. Well how the hell does that sound? Pretty great, eh? The dates and places are listed in ye ole Tour Dates section there on the side of this page. Alert your western relatives!!
August 23rd, 2005hey! so we're just in the middle of a short Hootenanny tour that has been an amazing time. New York city tonight and we have a gang of wonderful musicos coming out. I've been so caught up in world events as of late that I have to share this little tidbit I read today on truthout.org. Seems religious leaders are partying like is 1399! Hey, I was raised Scottish Presbytarian and I thought we were hard-assed but this a whole other league! Robertson Called for the Assassination of Venezuela's President Media Matters for America Monday 22 August 2005 Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. From the August 22 broadcast of The 700 Club: "Robertson: There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent. You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with." Well there you have it. I mean, shit, I'm scared ain't you boys scared? What to do today? Music and art are always a very good start. And be sure vote in every election you can: municipal, regional and federal. Join a political party and participate in the dialogue. For a little more insight to our mighty friends in the U.S. of A. read "The Peoples History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. And "The Autobiography Of Malcom X", by Alex Haley, if you haven't already. Think about how you would explain the concept of love to a child and elaborate out loud until you cry. xo, lw
June 12th, 2005greetings pilgrims! I'm working on what looks to be a new cd. Out in the sticks by myself with a pile of junky, yet precious instruments that we've had kicking around for years including: a drum machine Grant lent me, a bass that was given to the Mugworts by our friend Byron before he married a movie star and moved to L.A., the keyboard Weeping Tile used for one song way back when, and my trusty $300 imitation Martin guitar donated by brother Gord Tough when he decided I needed a real country guit-fiddle if I was going to play hurtin' muic. Well I sure like the drum machine! Looks like this ain't gonna be no country record pops. he he he. Heading west to be with those mysterious people for a bit. They always welcome me even though I don't understand anything they do or say. Carolyn is again leading me around the province at least for a week before I go un-supervised into the Koots. Hopefully Phil Wisor form the Shiftless Rounders is making good on his threat to join me for a boys road trip into the mountains. We speak the same sort of delusional vernacular and have pretty similar concerns in life I figure -music & songwriting, lovin' & learnin', money concerns, and an unbridled passion for the unexpected. What kind of trouble can we possibly get in? My travels eventually lead me to California where I meet up with Chicago-based, talent -heavy hombres, JT & the Clouds. They are kindly having me open for a few shows, and who doesn't want to play "The Makeout Room"? Yeah baby. Summer has alot to offer the wanderers and I'll be hanging around and playing at some of Ontarios fine festivals this year and look to enjoy the music and company of my musical compadres from all over hells half acre. Maybe see you out there?! p.s. for unrestricted laughter you gotta read Carolyn Marks tour journals. The Hootenanny is only the tip of a literary iceberg that you want to sail your ocean liner into... visit: http://www.mintrecs.com/tour/index2.html buena suerte con toda, mis amigos
April 29th, 2005Just back from New York City after an 8 day sojourn that saw a bit of a 'Wrongs reunion between Jason Mercer, Megan Palmer and I to play a show and also to contribute two songs to the Steve Goodman tribute cd. It is being produced by his daughter Rosanna who chose to use bands that she felt were as good as the greats but not as well known (yet). Steve Goodman is known as a songwriters songwriter and wrote many gems including, "The City of New Orleans", (which was one of the tunes we were chosen to do). He was a great friend of John Prine who I always point to as my biggest influence as a songwriter. Steve battled leukemia for years before he passed away in 1984 after blessing the world with his music and charm. It's been so enriching to be part of the project and learn about this man and his music. Rosanna is very generous with her encouragement and our mutual friend Chris Brown has been leading the charge with captain Lurch at the Brooklyn studio they call home. So far I've just heard Crescent & Frosts killer version of, "If She Were You", and Kate Fenner and her bands beautiful rendition of, "I Just Keep Falling In Love". We also are doing a version of "Jesse's Jig", a fun instrumental that we blasted off around the kitchen table at Chris's. Dan Marcus from Crescent & Frost lent a hand on the guitar for that one. The whole project promises to be an amazing listen, featuring Steves excellent songs interpreted by a new generation of songwriters with active, creative, musical careers of there own. Thanks to Rosie and Chris!!
February 26th, 2005If you want to check out some reviews of past releases, here's a few addresses that were recently sent my way: Guitar Pickin' Martyrs http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/w/wrightluther-guitar.shtml http://umbrellamusic.com/cdreview.php?id=539 Rebuild the Wall http://www.lasersedgecd.com/wright_luther.htm Rogers Waltz http://www.moregoatthangoose.com/cds/cowboy_sparks.htm (this one is halfway down the page)
February 20th, 2005Howdy! As you can see by the show listings on the right we have a Hootenanny Tour planned for Ontario. Something that started as a one-off in Kingston has blossomed into a full on tour concept. Sharing the stage with other songwriter/bandleaders makes for a rich night for everyone. We are looking at taking this baby out west in the fall, so stay tuned.
February 1st, 2005Looking back I see a flaw in my system of crediting people for their artistic efforts. Namely, if anyone uses the pictures of me with the banjo from our images section, please be sure to credit BERNARD CLARK as the photgrapher. He did me a good turn in letting us use the pics for the site.
January 31st, 2005I found this from a tour we did with Jim Bryson and the Occassionls, down east in 2001. On to St. John, N.B. October 24 As we drive over the Confederation Bridge that connects P.E.I. to the mainland ( the -fill in number here- longest bridge in the world ), it's hard to believe that in two weeks waves will be washing over it during a wild, fall storm that is brewing up and getting set to pound the east coast. This is a big bridge that rises high above the Northumberland Straight, no small feat for a storm to shut this engineering marvel down. By the time this calamity decends we'll be safely tucked away in the belly of the flat lands playing C & W for people who actually live in the country, out west. Our show in St. John is being put on by some fellows from the university radio station at a bar/restaurant in the hilly, downtown area of this port city. We played here in Weeping Tile a few times back a piece but not at this roadhouse. At first there seems to be the booker/bar staff dichotomy that slows down the soundcheck drill to a veritable standstill. Also the P.A. rental guy has set up the system (sort of) and is leaving right away but admits that it doesn't seem to be working and tells our vastly experienced and wonderful soundman that he can't put the kick drum in the mix. (I think, "that's okay, Cam only uses it every half of a second for the whole show who's gonna miss it anyways?). Sean goes immediately into interference mode and distracts our well-meaning promoters long enough so that Grant can rebuild the system properly and we can put on a show. Once again the show is a blast and the people make us and Jim Bryson feel welcome. The live music scene is on the ropes coast to coast, you know? These small victories spur us on. We spend time usually every morning exhchanging stories and views from the previous nights performance. There's a certain amount of pride in traversing the second largest country in the world, putting your all into a show regardless of the size of the crowd or the colour of the money (?). I figure as long as one person is getting it out there and I can sort of see or sense them, I'm good to go. It helps having your four best friends on stage with you and another at the soundboard. We play so much live that we don't really get to jam with all our gear like this so there's a certain joy that compensates for any lack of audience enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for music however, does not present a problem down east, eh? And that night just turns into a dance party...
January 31st, 2005Howdy. turns out you can check out two videos of ours online from the not so distant past of The Guitar Pickin' Martyrs days. "Race to the Top", you can see online at: http://www.backporchrecords.com/albumpages/GuitaPickinMartyrs/guitarpickin.htm and that Bill Monroe song called, "Mighty Dark to Travel" done by documentary auteur, Ron Mann. go to the page below then scroll down and you'll see, "WATCH RON'S FIRST ROCK VIDEO" http://zed.cbc.ca/go.ZeD?CONTENT_ID=82374&page=content And to see the video for "Another Brick in the Wall", go to: http://www.backporchrecords.com/bpVideo.htm
December 21st, 2004Bon, in what appears to be a break from the past, I'm off solo to B.C. in a few weeks to meet up with Carolyn Mark and our fiddling funtastico amiga, Diona Davies. We are storming around the province to play for the people and what we are going to play remains to be seen but stand by for talented guests and glory. We've been booking the shows without actually saying what was going to happen at them! Kind of a leap of faith that leaves everyone in for it. I'm sure it'll be un spectack. There is talk, (voices in the dark that is) of recording the next el dubya installment in Feb. I'm throwing myself into the new year and a new record with heady ambition and enough new material that I figure that I'll land on my feet somewhere unfamiliar. That being the goal of course. It's the "familiar" that I've become increasingly awkward with. So many others are doing such a good job at things that are already established that I figure dinna need to use whatever chutzpah I can muster to contribute to the pile. All that said, I sure aim to miss the target completely sometimes, so don't stand too close unless you wanna get some on ya! xo and in typical pre-christmas fashion, neurotically yours,
December 9th, 2004Happy holidays ya hosers! Just was whopping it up at a fine benefit show at the Phoenix in Toronto last night that featured performances by many Canadian stars including: Jim Cuddy, Kathleen Edwards, Danny Michel, Sam Roberts (with Kaos!), Cathy Jones, Tom Wilson, and of course Sarah Harmer who invited me and her two singing-swinging sisters Barb and Mary to join her for a rousingly beautiful version of that John Prine seasonal chesnut, "Christmas in Prison". And as the holiday season approaches we are also gearing up for a couple of Butterfingers! shows including a cd release show on the 29th of December (listed over on the right under Tour Dates) and a New Years gig outside city hall in Kingston. LW & the W's will be playing a short yet surely inspirationsal set at 7pm as well. Come on down if'n your a Kingstoner. Bring the kids. bon temps!
December 1st, 2004Well it's that time of year to get the electric guitars out and rock! Weeping Tile and friends are putting on our annual Salvation Army Benefit show on Monday, December 13th at A.J.s Hanger in Kingston, Ontario. Show starts at 7:30 with Dympna McConnell Radford, followed by Ass Machine, then Betablokka, then Weeping Tile. Tickets are available at the club and Zap Records on Princess street as well as by phone at 613 531-5300 xt 301 see you there!
November 9th, 2004How do? as the coldest night of the young winter has hit I thought best to tell you about how to see our fine performance on the CBC show "Zed T.V.". Copy this address into your what-cha-ma-thingie and have a look. http://zed.cbc.ca/go.ZeD?FILTER_KEY=111974&page=search-results And it has been brought to my attention that the email features on this site aren't working for anyone trying to reach us, so try luther at email@example.com if you need to touch base with the collective. yar! As the empty calender shows, we're done our last big shows for now and are hibernating until the festive season. Plans are afoot, so check in and stay tuned for up-dates. And lastly, if you are looking to buy (online) our most recent cd, "Guitar Pickin' Martyrs" or it's predecessor, "Rebuild the Wall", go to: http://www.maplemusic.com/dept.asp?dept_id=161 where they have a whole whack of our stuff and other Canadian artists at large. Our other goods are at our own online store right here!
September 8th, 2004Greetings from fabulous Quebec City where we are sequestered in swank digs in the old city preparing for the shin-dig to celebrate the OFF festival that we were lucky enough to be part of this past summer. Ill report in about the show once the reality replaces the anticipatory. In the meantime the news is that our online store should be working. Turns out I made an internal program whoopsie and caused the Paypal account to be fubar for some three months (!). Yes, I'm always the consummate businessman. If (due to current shipping issues) we are out of Rebuild the Wall cds or Guitar Pickin Martyrs, you can still find the goods at maplemusic.com Otherwise we have a fine stock of "Rogers Waltz", "Hurtin' for Certain", Butterfingers! "The People We Know", and soon the "Songs We Sing" and the 'Wrongs instrumental cd. Yar!
August 16th, 2004Summer is winding down but we're winding up to hit the road with our Chicago based buddies, JT & the Clouds. As our calender of tour dates shows, we are cruising the midwest for four days putting on a double headed show that will satisfy your every musical need. On board the 'Wrongs van is Casey Fisher on drums, Dan Whiteley on mandolin, Miranda Mulholland on fiddle, James Taylor on bass and lw on the other stuff. This run leads us all the way back down east where we play Sydney and then head off to the most excellent Evolve festival in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where Chris & Kate and the Rheostatics are also on the bill. We'll be picking up Cowboy Dan Curits for that trip 'cause it leads us back to the Carolyn Mark hosted Hootenany in Maberly, Ontario and Kingston (on the Island Queen!), august 30th & 31st. Much fun and country music.!
July 19th, 2004Hey folks! We have some copies of the new Butterfingers! "The Songs We Sing", available for sale on our online store. We are assembling them ourselves and the original artwork by Cowboy Dan Curits is awesome.
June 17th, 2004Home at last where it all ends and begins again. We leaped frogged across the continent in three weekends, playing: Reno (Nevada), Quebec City, and Sydney (Nova Scotia). Yes and we drove the whole bleeding way, sometimes two vehicles in rolling tandem. Linking the coasts was a fitting way to finish the tour and now we nest back in Frontenac County until festival season begins in earnest. The new Butterfingers! will be ready for the begining of July and the kids shows that wait around the corner. New material is bubbling into the set of the 'wrongs as well. This heat feels g-o-o-d...
May 20th, 2004We are on the west coast of our tour now and guitar gunner, Dan Curtis has flown in to fill the void left by the talented and charming (and suddenly a.w.o.l.) Dan Whiteley and Miranda Mulholland. They did us proud all the way across Canadadia, pushing the music in a whole new direction. We hit the floor running and recorded a little epee in Winnipeg which we made 25 copies of (with individual artwork no less) and sold them up at our shows in Saskatoon and Edmonton. 5 new tunes came to life with the help of the tasty new musical ingredients, (Dan, Miranda and Casey that is) and we also covered, "While you Sleep", a fine song by Chris Brown and Kate Fenner from their cd "Geronimo. Onto California today with a brand new brake job (ouch! thats-gotta-hurt). Rockin' on home next week for the Flower Festival in Quebec City and then a jaunt down east. Covering the continent with cowboy goodness.
April 28th, 2004PHOTOS? Hello there, if you have any digital photos of us that we could put in our images gallery please send them to me as jpegs (not too huge please!) at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 27th, 2004Well the word is out. Butterfingers! and LW 's & the W's will be playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer! It's on the weekend of July 9th and the line-up includes many great acts including the big loving talents of Taj Mahal.
April 21st, 2004You can see one of the songs we played for ZED TV recently. Apparently we're on the show next season too. This is for the Broken Heart song. http://www.zed.cbc.ca/go.ZeD?CONTENT_ID=96720&page=content
April 8th, 2004Hey New Yorkers! We just added a show in the city at the Living Room in Manhatten (84 Stanton St. New York, 212 533-7235. Our Friends Chris Brown & Kate Fenner are playing a month of Sundays through April and have kindly let us join the bill. They are on at 8pm and we follow at 9pm. They will both be joining us for some songs and Banjo wrong Jason Mercer will also be in attendance. Yar!
March 19th, 2004It's my sister Jeans birthday everybody! Happy Birthday Jean-yes!! As the Canadian winter lingers on to it's last gasp we are hunkered down in Kingston, playing a few local shows and preparing for the spring and summer. Dan Whiteley (of "Heartbreak Hill" fame) is joining the ranks of 'the Wrongs for our western tour of North America that starts April 25th. He is taking over the reigns of glory for brother Dan Curits for a bit and it may well be the most bluegrassy tour of our lives to date! Casey Fisher of Kingston has replaced uncle Mauro on the drums and brings a tasteful style to our sound that gives the songs a new flavour. It also alows me to introduce some new songs into the mix since he doesn't know what's old or new anyway! And just to really confuse the long-time fans, we're doing a five day tour to the mid-west in April that brings the founding member/drummer Cam Giroux back into the fold and our new fiddler star, Miranda Mullholland (who will also be joing us for our N. American western tour starting at the end of April). We haven't even broken up and we're doing reunion tours! That's the depth of the passion (not like the movie though...). It looks like the future for 'the Wrongs is one of rotating gunners filling out the line-up, but don't you worry, it's only going to make for mucho musical merryment and diversity. It's a freakin' unique-in, musical margarihta, blended to perfection everytime. Step up to the bar and knock one back... it's on us.
February 15th, 2004Sometimes letters from fans are funny. Remember back when we released that zany country version of the wall? Well some wing-nut made a dramatic point of handing me the following note at a show back in those heady days when Y2k was still a hot topic around the ole watercooler. "Dear Band! First off this coming from a die-hard "Floyd" fan... You have (un)successfully killed the interest in the slew of cover-bands by "country-izing" such classic tunes! If you ever get signed, which I think Niegh 'know', will never happen I hope you fall flat and broke" and become a K-Mart Re-issue. -In further...you royally suck...and I wish you hatred, depravity and bad wishes!! Sincerely, Martyn E. Mace" Well Martin, we are in negotiation with K-Mart to see if by selling our cds they can save their empire from the marauding Wal-martians. Now I always thought that if someone actually knows the words to my songs well enough to sing along at shows that maybe I've arrived as a songwriter. But when they are a little tanked and disruptive, one starts to weigh the advantages of having such dedicated fans. "howdy luther. finally getting around to writing again. Great show. You guys are amazing. There were, of course, more Rebuild songs I was hoping for, but certainly not to the absence of any others you played that night. The buddy I got to go with me was also totally enthralled with the evening. Thanks for a great show. Of course, as is my luck, the most drunk and most obnoxious person in the room (if there are 12 or 12,000, THIS IS THE REQUIREMENT) was right next to me for the entire show. He will no doubt be there the next time you come to town, as he knew all of the lyrics (but none of the notes) to the entire show. Regardless, I look forward to your next visit to the Buffalo area, and perhaps, he will be too hungover to attend. Peace! Eric Gansworth"
February 15th, 2004Alright! We're down in North Carolina for a few shows and some fresh southern air and moderate warmth. Okay, who am I kidding, it's balmy here compared to the beautiful, frozen northlands that we call home. The big news this week is that I'm going to Folk Alliance in San Diego that begins February 25th! This annual hootenany brings musicians and many music world related folk together for a big ole singing, pickin'. back-slappin', schmooze-festin' event. I'm playing five or so showcasey shows that run about 20 minutes each and I may bring auxilary Wrong Chris Brown into the mix for a song or two. Many of our darling buddies are going to be attending and doing their thang, and we will swing. Check out: http://www.kristinsweetland.com/LRH04.htm and see the line up for the LITTLE RED HEN ROOM. Also the good people at Fleming and Associates have a big presence at the conference and a showcase and I will rustle up a link to that list right away. Same goes for RONDA BARTON PRESENTS: The SOS Annex where I have a couple shows and , THE CANADIAN FOLK ALLIANCE: LANAI Suite. And now we are heading out the hotel door from Charlotte to Asheville where we play our Valentines Day show with some our favourite people in one of most favourite places to be. Ahh.. Asheville. Bon temps!!!
January 17th, 2004Cold, eh?! And I'm writing this in Massachusetts where it's been -30 F for the last few days. We have been in the bad weather places alot this winter but the show must go on. Just like our new online store that is up and running. Seems pretty straightforward, look & buy. It's not all commerce here today though, there's a new journal bit from our mega-tour last August/September. Ahh..memories. We are working on our intrumental record and making plans for the festival season this summer. In the meantime we are doing a few shows including our annual sleighride/country barn dance on Wolfe Island (across from Kingston) with our buddies Buck Jones. It's on Feb. 8th and the word is on the street, so come out for a winter hoe-down that will shake the cold from your bones!
January 10th, 2004yipee yahoo! as we start up with our schemes and dreams for this year, projcect Butterfingers! has seeen some development. As the next installment, "The Songs We Sing" nears completion reviews for the "The People We Know", are rolling in. Check out: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/topics/music/butterfingers.htm
January 3rd, 2004Happy New Years! We brought in the new year with a modest show in our hometown pub and are presently juggling the fiscal dynamite in an attempt to rip up the roads touring in 2004. Burke Carroll is going to be out with us more these days and he spreads himself around the lap steel as well as the pedal steel guitar. Cousin Joey Wright has also stepped into the breech periodically to take over Cowboy Dans' spot so that Dan can enjoy time at home. We recieved a link to a review that kind of sums up the trials and tribs of touring in the winter. Check it out! column by Jim Lundstrom in the Appleton, WI., Post Crescent. BEST SHOW SEEN BY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE DURING A BLIZZARD: The Canadian band Luther Wright & The Wrongs came to Appleton in February, touring in support of the 2002 CD "Rebuild the Wall," a bluegrass take on Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Despite a blizzard raging outside, a few determined souls made it to the show at Mongo's Inner Mongolia Lounge and were treated to an incredible display of talent from Luther and his band. Just in case you think I make these things up, the article appeared at: http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/et_13849764.shtml
December 17th, 2003Happy Holidays! We are in our home town area for a few last shows before the year turns over. Weeping Tile is playing our 8th annual Salvation Army benefit in Kingston on the 22nd of December at A.J.'s Hanger and tickets are on sale! Show starts at 8pm with Oh Susanna, followed by Jay Harris, Dave Hodge (of the Hellbillys), Weeping Tile, and then the Mahones.
October 15th, 2003Whew! (again), home after two months of touring and just in time for the fall colours. It's like living in a postcard around these southern Ontario parts. Time to change over our wardrobes for the pending Canadian winter. We're home and playing some slightly more regional shows and also putting alot of thought towards planning our touring for the new year. Before we go forward too far we have to look back and review. With that in mind I'm just tidying up the tour journal from this last vision quest of a kilometre-crushing journey. Stay tuned for that literary gem (sheesh!). Our online store is in danger of working soon too so spread the word and try internet shopping here first!
October 7th, 2003Now I'm sure that this review of our first Butterfingers cd is worthy of some time on our webpage. Everyone knows a kid at sometime, eh? The second Butterfingers cd (The Songs We Sing) is nearing completion so get on board early with this movement and help us tweak the ears of families everywhere! Humm/Ottawa July/03 BUTTERFINGERS THE PEOPLE WE KNOW If you're a parent and a music lover, there is a persistent struggle to try to balance the family's musical selections. For some reason the kids don't get the attraction of say, Radiohead or Moby. And the parents don't want to have to listen to standard children's fare, with all the music provided by one cheesy synthesiser, laughable vocal abilities and appalling lyrics that get stuck in your head until you're ready to stick a screwdriver in your eye just to take your mind off them. So, having had a preview of a realistic alternative at a Luther Wright / Sarah Harmer show in Kingston last year, I was happy when my daughter Kayleigh (aged 4 ¾) recently received a copy of Butterfingers' The People We Know. Butterfingers is comprised of two-fifths of Luther Wright and the Wrongs - Luther and Dan Curtis - plus Ryan Bol. Assorted friends from the Kingston music scene are along for the ride, including Sarah Harmer who contributes a few backing vocals. The eleven songs that make up The People We Know rush by in less than 25 minutes, with the (presumably desired) effect that even short attention spans are kept occupied. Kayleigh's favourite song was immediately Burke The Mountie, mainly because it has a simple & oft-repeated chorus (which so far hasn't sent me running for the screwdriver). But Kayleigh also quickly came up with a set of actions to accompany the song, from polishing her boots and feeding her horse, to putting her big hat on. She then gallops around the house on her toy horse singing the rest of the song out loud. Of the other songs, Jelly Belly is probably favoured by 8 year old boys with its frenetic pace and silly lyrics, such as "You run across the lawn and your butt is bare / The dog's still chewing on your underwear." The title track and Singing Together are two gentle songs of friendship, while Bubby Bol veers away from the country sound for the tale of a dog that works in the Paris library. There's enough here to keep grownups happy as well, with a few jokes or references that would be beyond most kids. And so long as you like Luther's brand of music, which maplemusic.com describes as "alt-country punkgrass", then The People We Know is a disc that the whole family can enjoy. Dad's rating: 0 screwdrivers Kayleigh's rating: JJJJJ Ian Brown for theHumm
September 22nd, 2003Greetings from the left coast where we have beefed up the posse to 9 people and two vehicles. Jason Mercer has joined the tour on banjo and Robin Aube is mixing the sound up like some freaky cook. I did an interview with Shelagh Rogers on the CBC for her tasteful and informative, national radio morning show. It was broadcast on Monday, September 26th and apparently I spoke in full sentences, some of which even made sense! Whew! It was a late night before playing the Green Room in Vancouver and given'er with our peeps. 7 am comes right some early, pardner. We just lined up a Hometown show in Kingston with Chris Brown & Kate Fenner, who have just both released solo records. Also on the bill is Po' Girl from Vancouver and they are getting raved up both sides of the border. Trish Klein of the Be Good Taynas is part of that awesome trio so all you Kingstonians better get yer butts out to the Cocamo on Friday, October 24th. Advance tickies will be made available for this dynamite show, eh? We've been getting some nice reviews in the press lately, (shameless!). Check out this address for a nice review. www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=MISS70305281045&sql=Akx9yxddb4old
August 25th, 2003Home in Kingston briefly after three weeks of our 9 week N.Y.C. to Ames Iowa (via P.E.I. and San Diego) tour. Had quite a time in New York that culminated with us busting out the jams in Brooklyn during the Blackout. The east coast of Canada was a ripping good time too. We had our friend Laura Freeman from Austin Texas opening up for us and finished that run of shows at the Evolve Festival ouside of Antigonish. Chris Brown and Kate Fenner were part of a three day hang in eastern paradise. Thousands of groovsters camped out and shook their booties to a weekend of jam band, rockin' glory. We added our homecooked, country flavour for about an hour and a half on Saturday. Off to the 100th aniversary of Harley Davidson in Milwaukee this weekend to play three shows over three days. I think we get paid in motorcycles...
August 4th, 2003hi there, so it's the big week of release for Guitar Pickin' Martyrs in the U.S. of A. We are gearing up for a fine chunk of touring down there but first let me recount the last few weeks of 'wrong-dom. All is well on the festival front these days. A beacon of hope for humanity is how I see the music festival. People doing their thing to the music and the vibe. In these parts it's a veritable homecoming for Canadian musicians. A much needed chance to hang out and get caught up and inspired by each others music and stories from the road. We also played some very fine festivals in the states, notably the Northeast Kingdom Festival. This gem is set deep in the hills of northern Vermont and run smoothly and groovily by the nicest people. We took in as much as we could there but as it turns out we had to make an early departure after our afternoon set. The pace, it quickens for us now so getting home that day was on our minds. I made the most of being autonomous and in the Kingston area on a Sunday and took my leave up to the Blue Skies festival north of here some 60 miles in Lanark County. This baby is in its 30th year and I floated in there and grooved on with many friends and musicians (who are just like friends but can sing in key). The Road Dog Divas put on a show that changed the way I watch things. Tons o' talent between the three dyno-women there, yeah! The Brothers Cosmoline (featuring Burke Carroll) put on a fine un-plugged show during what was easily the most apocolyptic electrical thunderstorm of the season. Zeus sent word down or sumpthin'. All in all a mind-blowing, heart-warming good time. Good Tim.
July 14th, 2003Hi there people of the world. We are sliding through the summer months playing the festivals and weekend shows here and there. We had the swinging-est time at the Dauphin, Manitoba Country Fest at the end of June. And just this weekend we gave èr at the Ottawa Blues Festival, where we played our unique brand of blues music...uh...yeah. Well our songs are so f@#%ing sad it gives people the blues and then the other bands help them through it, or something like that. Speaking of vegetarianism, <A HREF="http://www.shagrat.net/Html/cows.htm"TARGET="_BLANK">check out this little clip about cows</A> and think twice about eating that next burger. Fish have no souls so eat them until your burger cravings stop then slowly wean yourself off fish and work your way towards...uh...sticks and twigs. Or, there is the diet of paint chips that the girl in 100 years of Solitude (G.G. Marques) lived on. Oh I dinna know what you should eat, but I can tell you this: love never wins but it is the only way out... That is from the mind of the Chris Brown who with the talented Kate Fenner, have made many fine cds. Go to chrisandkate.com right now! You will learn about these awesome people and their music and you can go to resistwar.com and hear a wonderful, potent song that spells it out. We are playing with Chris and Kate (and many others, check it out!) at the Evolve Festival In Antigonish, Nova Scotia this August the 23rd. There is a consciousness to this event that we are excited about contributing to. The music festivals bring us all together so please go out and support your local festivals and share in the music, love and comraderie.
July 1st, 2003Well, hello sailors! (and non-sailors) As yer eyes will plainly tell y'all, the site's got a whole spankin' new look to celebrate the release of 'Guitar Pickin' Martyrs.' For right now, the changes are mostly cosmetic, but I'll be adding a bunch of cool new stuff to the site over the next little while. Check back regular-like, y'hear? If you notice any problems with the site, please <A HREF="mailto: email@example.com">email me</A> and let me know. Near-infallible as I may be, it's not entirely unusual for there to be a couple of growing pains associated with a site redesign, and I'd appreciate a heads-up on any problems you might experience. Thanks,
June 23rd, 2003Well the new cd comes out in mere days and we have a slew of t-shirts and stickers to hail the arrival. Here's a few early reviews to entice you to consider acquiring "Guitar Pickin' Martyrs" CANADIAN MUSIC NETWORK JUNE 19-JUNE 5,2003 LUTHER WRIGHT & THE WRONGS GUITAR PICKIN MARTYRS (UNIVERSAL/SNAKEYE MUZAK) This group was previously comprised of members of Weeping Tile when it started busking on the streets of Kingston, Ontario. But after putting out two albums, Hurtin for Certain and Rogers Waltz, the band gained its greatest notoriety with the 2001 release of the bluegrass disc Rebuild the Wall, which covered Pink Floyds The Wall album from start to finish. The group has played almost 300 shows since then, and honed many of this new albums songs on the road. If youre a fan of old-fashioned country music, this is for you. While the feeling is relaxed, the playing is sharp and the songs are well-crafted. Wish Me Well, the clever Devious Disembler, Not Feeling Fine, My Heart, my heart, the clever title track, Darlin, and Letting Go are all top-notch, but things dont end there. Theres a mini Weeping Tile re-union when Sarah Harmer duets with Luther on the sparse ballad, Land of Milk and Honey. Luther shows off his yodeling skills on The Race to the Top, and pays further homage by covering Bill Munroes Its Mighty Dark to Travel. Broken Fuckin Heart will very likely get some campus radio airplay. There are also guest appearances from Oh Susanna, Jason Mercer, Chris Brown and others. Theres a limited-edition digipack release of Guitar Pickin Martyrs that retailers should take note of, while club and festival bookers should be advised that the band will be hitting the road with a vengeance to support the album. -STEVE McLEAN Thursday June 19, 2/03 TORONTO STAR Whats On Disc LUTHER WRIGHT AND THE WRONGS Guitar Pickin Martyrs (Universal) A year and 300 concert dates after this Kingston, Ont. Country rock band made international musical history be reinterpreting Pink Floyds classic rock opus The Wall as a Southern American rural song cycle, the pressure to prove themselves with a novelty-free follow-up must have been enormous. They can breathe a well deserved sigh of relief. The first cut notwithstanding - Broken Fuckin Heart is a performance staple whose inclusion couldnt be denied - Guitar Pickin Martyrs is an extremely earnest country music album, and quite brilliantly executed, thanks largely to tasteful and soulful contributions by pedal steel wiz Burke Carroll, guitarist Dan Curtis, and fiddler Megan Palmer, who provide all the colour Wrights deadpan vocals need to enhance the acid wit and heartbreak buried in his lyrics. Guest appearances by Sarah Harmer (her voice gives The Land of Milk And Honey a luminous quality), singer Oh Susanna, and banjo pickers Chris Quinn and Jason Mercer add extra lustre to an original piece of invigorating roots music. -- Greg Quill LUTHER WRIGHT & THE WRONGS GUITAR PICKIN MARTYRS Tear down the wall! While their previous outing, the back porch interpretation of Pink Floyds The Wall, was certainly a successful realization of one of the weirdest ideas in music history, its cleverness left Wright & the Wrongs at risk of being tossed in the novelty category. In fact, the former Weeping Tile guitarist and co. are a damn good band, and take full advantage of displaying that fact here. I like that hillbilly music, the kind you dont hear on the radio, Wright proclaims during The Race To The Top and thats pretty much whats offered throughout Guitar Pickin Martyrs. The light-hearted spirit of Rebuild The Wall is consistently maintained, but the year spent touring in support of it shows in the fiery playing of guitarist Dan Curtis and pedal steel player Burke Carroll. On many tracks they sound as if theyre directly channeling Buck Owens Buckaroos, but it is Wrights wry lyrics that are the icing on the cake. Broken Fuckin' Heart, and the title track would become instant roadhouse classics in a perfect world, although Wright shows his sensitive side with Land of Milk & Honey, a duet with Sarah Harmer, and closer The Settling Dust. Rebuild The Wall was fun for a while, but Guitar Pickin' Martyrs is built to last much longer! -Jason Schneider Exclaim! June 03
June 1st, 2003We are off to Chattanooga and environs this weekend to play our hearts out for the people there. Our compadres are following us with movie cameras to capture the magic(!) for a few video projects we have up our sleeves in preparation for the big ole release of Guitar Pickin' Martyrs. Even this ole website is going the way of the hoola-hoop and they'll be a brand new look for the cd and the book. yee-haw
April 26th, 2003The you 'heard it here' word is that our new cd,"Guitar Pickin' Martyrs" is coming out in Canada on June 24th through Universal Records and in America on August 5th through Back Porch Records. It's all original 'Wrongs music with a Bill Monroe song and a tune written by Luthers brother Geordie bringing the song title total up to a lucky thirteen. We're working on video of a tune called "Race to the Top", with our ole buddy Sean Turell who guided the ship on the last videos we whipped out a few years back. Whoa boy! This keyboard is too square for a fella like me to be sitting by for too long. There's some wood to be chopped and that guitar's not gonna play itself. Keep your 88's straight and check the up-coming show calender to see when we'll be in your neighbourhood, pilgrim.
March 26th, 2003Hey! We've contributed three songs to three different compilation cds put out by <a href='http://www.drog.com/main.htm' target='_BLANK'>DROG records</A> and you may need to check them out. "The Midget Motorist" appears on "60 Second Songs", "Life's Much Sweeter as a Vegetable Eater" is on "Songs About Food" and has Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer singing their hearts out. And "Jonah the Cowboy" made the cut on "Work Songs". Go to drog.com and find out about the wealth of Canadian talent that they've been wrangling for some years now. Buy'em up, support musicians whose music moves you!
March 25th, 2003Hey there! The fellas have two songs in the new Ron Mann film, "Go Further" that premiered at the South by Southwest film Festival in Austin, Texas a few weeks back. Rons last film "Grass" was a big underground hit and this documentary follows actor and activist Woody Harrelson as he takes to the open road on his "Simple Organic Living Tour". One song is a Luther original named "Tumbler Ridge" and they also did a couple of versions of that ole gem, "Yankee Doodle Dandy".
February 20th, 2003Wowee! here we are 4 & 1/2 weeks into a 6 week tour and it's time to up-date the world on our band line-up. Cam Giroux has indeed left the ranks of the Wrongs to pursue a more sedentary life. We are sad to say goodbye to our little buddy after 5 big years of Wrong-ness but the sadness is tempered by the joy of welcoming our old pal Mauro Sepe into the fold. We played in the Mugworts together back in the 90's when the Kingston music scene was enjoying a bit of an explosion. Mauro was the fella that pointed out to me that I was writing country songs and we were hacking them to bits with electric guitars in the Mugworts (oh the glory!). Now he's back to pay the price. Also, we have to report, Ms. Megan Palmer from Columbus Ohio is out on tour with us playing fiddle and she seems to be warming up to the idea of permanent Wrong-ship. She has done two tours with us to date and her playing often elicits massive applause. Needless to say I've asked her to tone that down a bit as it is LUTHER WRIGHT & the Wrongs after all. Just kidding of course. (It was really just a cool band name and I don't anticipate a solo tour anytime soon.) We'll be playing sporadically through March whilst we finish up our new record and then we hit the road again for the month of April. We are really trying to work out the glitches so that we can up-load photos from the road and I am pondering whipping out another tour journal of recent events. Butterfingers (our kids cd) is getting around and we've taken to playing a song or two from it every night to show just how entertaining childrens music can be for adults. Not being adults ourselves, we've had to study the reactions from town to town before risking saying such a bold statement. Uh...am I rambling here? Yup! time to go to Iowa City. Keep supporting live music and let the love flow. Yee-haw!!!
February 19th, 2003
Hey again! Rob fixed up the photo loader and we're good to go. Go to images and check out the recent pics from our mondo-cheepo camera.
January 21st, 2003Okey—dokey, wingnuts... Are you ever in for a thrilling surprise here. We‘s gots usselves a new tour journal! The particlar piece of prosaic genius tells the scintilating tale of the boys‘ 2002 fall tour. Be sure to tune to this tour journal, wherein Dan states “GRULG—ALARB— RRRRRGINMPFRGGGRACGH!!!!!!IN YOUR FACE, LUTHER WRIGHT FANS! Please don‘t hurt me,
January 21st, 2003As the summer approaches (!) we are looking at playing as many festivals as we can. We'll be performing as both the 'Wrongs and our kids thing, "Butterfingers!". So if you have any ideas or contacts in the festival booking world, send word. Every little bit helps, thanks alot!
December 13th, 2002It's getting very close to the end of our perimeter of America tour. We see the holidays screaming down the pipe at us and shiver with anticipation (and yer basic sleep deprivation and malnourishment). From Boston to Florida to San Diego to Washington state to Buffalo to NYC to Michigan to Ohio and then home for the big Weeping Tile Xmas show in Kingston. If all goes as planned Sean, Cam and I should arrive in time for soundcheck on the 22nd of December, which is what the poster says is the date of the show (how fitting is that!). Im putting the finishing touches on another fascinating tour journal and were getting set to mix our new record in January with hopes of a late spring release. Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you. Thanks for supporting the cause!
November 23rd, 2002Big news if you have eyes in your face! I've finally hooked up the new photo section. It's linked to the 'images' button over there
October 12th, 2002Big news if you have children in your life! Butterfingers! "The People we Know",our 1st cd of music for young (and old) is now available through the good people over at maplemusic.com A perfect Christmas gift, eh? Stay tuned for more news on this exciting project. Websites, shows and more recorded music (Butterfingers! "The songs We Sing" is almost finished), all coming your way.
September 2nd, 2002We're home now from a big ole tour of America. Here's what the nice people from the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about us: When the sound crew played Pink Floyd's "The Wall" at last year's "Pledge of Allegiance" tour stop in San Jose, biding time until the fine fellows from Slipknot deemed themselves ready to take the stage, at least one of the older members of the audience was surprised at how great the record still sounded. Having played "The Wall" -- the all-time teenage dirtbag concept album -- countless times as an addlepated suburban high schooler a couple decades ago, I'd been thinking I'd never need to hear it again. Wrong! Or better yet: Luther Wright & the Wrongs. This inspired Canadian twang band has filled a niche few of us knew needed filling: With fiddle, pedal steel guitar and a meandering banjo, they have recast "The Wall" as a hillbilly song cycle. A horse opera, if you will. Sound ridiculous? They're dead serious, and darn good at it. It's an altogether different kind of "space cadet glow." .
August 30th, 2002Here's a review of the last show of this summers big tour that you can read at the Illinois Entertainment site.
August 10th, 2002Aww, shucks folks, Sean's laptop seems to have died a horrible death. This leaves the boys without a means of posting to the site while they're out on their current thrilling tour! So, they've got to depend on me (your eternally faithful web-chump (or poobah)) to post website updates for them. Me, being the jerk that I am, had something of a personal emergency situation that kept me from my computers for a week or so... So this update is one Luther sent me some time ago, and here I am posting it. Better late than a boot to the head, I guess, although if you can pull both, more power to ya! Apparently
'If you hit this link- you can vote for Luther Wright & the Wrongs new video of Comfortably Numb and help get it played. (the more hits it gets, the better its chance to see airtime in both canada and the u.s.)That's what Luther says. And speaking of luther... I'm hard at work on a frantabulorous image uploading script that will allow the boys to directly upload images to the site, so's you (the aforementioned little people (I mean that in the elf-like sense, of course)) can enjoy up to the minute irrelevant pictures taken by the boys using their Wal-Mart digital camera! They be so dang hi-tech, by gum! The first batch of HOTHOT pics is sitting here on my laptop, just waiting for the perfection of said script. Perhaps I'll offer up this gem to show y'all what you've got to look forward to. (Please note that I am not in any way intoxicated as I write this.) (Seriously. I'm just that sophomoric.) Feast heartily on my innards,
You can vote as many times as you want.'
June 12th, 2002Well we're on the road tomorrow to tour America for a month. Our recording of the next original cd is done as of a few days ago and we'll mix it in September and get it ready for a probable 2003 release. We made some t-shirts that we are hawking at shows along with our cd's. The kids cd that Dan, Ryan Bol and I have ready to go should be out soon too. Have a good summer pilgrims!!
May 19th, 2002Well we played a show with Stompin' Tom Conners the other night at the Tulip Festival in Ottawa. He's like Madonna or something. When Tom was outside of his trailor backstage no one else was allowed in the area. Big guys in blue security uniforms swarmed any violaters and one would get hustled back to wherever one came from (unless it was the port-a-potty, they wouldn't make you stay in there). How weird is that, eh? His show was spectacular, although the Ottawa crowd didn't take too kindly to his cheer for the Leafs. He also called the Headstones the Headhunters but Hugh returned the compliment when he remarked that it was great to play with Stompin' Tim. The line-up was LW & the W's, the Skydiggers, Stompin' T., and the Headstones. Quite a night in Ottawa which, by the way for you out-of-towners, is actually the capital of Canada. Toronto was never actually the capital but little ole Kingston was for a couple of years a piece back, (like a hundred and some years). uhh...see ya
May 13th, 2002Hi there! I never write on this thing but today I want to speak up from behind the drum kit and give y'all a little up-date. We played with our friends the Waifs the other day. Blessed and multi-talented, they are back in the hemisphere for the summer. Check them out. Moving right along with more music for more people, we start recording a new cd of original material next week. Our old buddy Robin Aube, who has had a hand in most of the 'Wrongs projects to date, is migrating from Hamilton to press play/record. And our long time friend, producer and soundman Grant Ethier will be on hand to wrangle the Wrongs into pulling out all the stops. We've been holding onto some songs now for long enough so its time to toss them from the nest. Recording is the yang to tourings' ying as too much of either without a break can wear us down. Some songs won't let themselves be finished until the recording process distills them down to perfection. We've been having a hoot playing together this last year so it will be sweet (dude) to jam for weeks in perfect isolation. In other news: -the first of a series of cds for children by a 'Wrongs splinter group called, "Butterfingers", is all mastered and almost ready to get manufactured. It's titled, "The People We Know", and has eleven songs written and performed by Dan Curtis, Luther Wright and Ryan Bol. You will be able to get this through our website soon I assure you. The New York Times called to chat last week and they were putting a piece together about the band and the Rebuild the Wall cd that should be in next Sundays (May 19th) edition. A video for "Comfortably Numb" is in the works with Sean Turrell, the man who directed the first 'Wrongs vid for Brick pt. 2. Look for it in June/July. We head in out in earnest to America in June for a month of shows followed by an August run to California and points west. There's bound to be more news but right now I need more sleep. In the meantime forgive those who trespass against you. It's just one less thing to have to do tomorrow.
April 24th, 2002Well here we go! Today is the day that Rebuild the Wall hits the stores of America and Luther just got off of the phone from doing a pile o' interviews with radio morning hosts all over the map. Minds are being bent on classic rock radio stations in brand new ways by this bastard child of a road trip brainstorm. Those D.J.'s are so jacked up on jitter juice and nicorette that the questions came hard and fast down the pipe. Good thing LW has a penchant for talking too fast himself, it's akin to Jedi Russian roulette on the airwaves if you slip up. We are heading for NYC to play our release party and greet our southern brethren before we dive into recording a new cd of hurtin' originals. Then it's out on the road in earnest with all guns a'blazin', doing the C&W freaky-deaky for young and old!! See you along the way.
March 11th, 2002hey there pilgrims! You can check out our recent show at Lee's Palace for Canadian Music Week. It's a visual thing so I hope it looks as good as it felt! Video 1 -- Video 2
February 21st, 2002Well, hellllllo sailor!!! ...or perhaps I oughta say goodbye sailor. Luther seems to feel that Burke's wife may be getting hot under the collar about my horrid misrepresentation of her hubby as a short, balding, effete individual in a sailor suit towards the top of this page. What can I say... Nobody gave me a picture at the time, so I got a little creative. (Couldn't do much else really, as a Google image search for "Burke Carroll" just turns up a logo for orthotic footwear.) Well, rest assured that this piquant situation has been resolved. In an earlier effort to resolve this whole Burke dillemma, I got my hands on a sketch of Burke by K-town artist Tully, and was about to replace the sailor with that, when Luther dropped off a pic of Burke... That sketch is now displayed in the Graphics section. Thanks, Tully. In other thrilling LWW's news, the boys have signed some sort of an agreement or another with Back Porch Records, a U.S. label that bills itself as "Americana, cross-country and cross-over." Probably means a U.S. Tour, and easier access to the boys' interpretation of the wall for all y'all south of the border. ...And, Shiver Me goddam timbers! It's the stunning conclusion to the fall east coast tour in the diaries section! Ciao...
January 17th, 2002Hey there yokels... We's got ourselves a new diary entry! This time we're following the thrilling adventures of the boys on their fall east coast tour. Head on over and check out the heart-stopping excitement. Oh... and don't miss Luther's front page update below.
January 16th, 2002And a happy new years to one and all. We're on the other side of a big wing-ding of a holiday season that saw us playing Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa the 28th/29th and 31st. Good to play through the last days of a crazy year. We are looking forward to the up-coming release of Rebuild the Wall in America on Back Porch Records in April. They are a label out of Milwaukee that we met last summer while there with Blue Rodeo. We are also planning to do another video in the next little bit if all goes well with the funding procedure. Too un-musical to discuss here, believe me. On the home listening front it's been a banner year for Canadian releases. In and around the cd player out here are new cd's from: Bodega, Hayden, the Silverhearts, Royal City, Lederhosen Lucil, Justin Bird, Godspeed you Black Emperor, Flashing Lights, Sloan, Mayor McCa, and many more. We hope to add our name to this list by spring if a goes well. First up will be a little ep of the songs that we pluck in the back rooms and around kitchen tables. Some original and some favourites that we've adapted. Not to worry though, our foray into cover music went so well with rebuild the wall that we'll be sticking to tried and true C&W/bluegrass when not doing our own songs. Our next big release will be a full length all-original cd of songs that spell out the trials and tribulations of romance. This is hibernation time so keep warm by dancing with your sweetie around the room and we'll see you soon!
January 1st, 2002Well it sure is great to know that if our computer goes down there's always Rob our web chump to jump into the fray and fix us up with a snazzy new entry. Wow, Dan looks really funny in that goofy photo! Uhh... Presently we are in San Francisco with a night a off and a head full of stories. On the good music news front: we now have copies of the long awaited childrens CD, "Butterfingers-The People We know". It's available only at shows right now and hopefully soon on Maple Music.com
December 7th, 2001While I'm excercising my temporary dominion over the front page of this site, I thought I might share an amusing LWW-website-related phenomenon with you. As some of you may know, whenever anyone accesses a webpage, their request for that page is logged by the server, along with some other info that can be of use to webchumps such as myself. One of these pieces of information is the referring page. This can be useful in checking how effectively the site is promoted with search engines, seeing who's linking to the site, etc...
Anyhoo, as an expression of my own personal arrogance, I titled the pictures page "hot, sexy pics" (I'm sure someone out there finds these buffoons attractive, so that's not entirely off base) and everytime I go into the logs I notice several poor saps that stopped by after a search for "hot sexy pics" or the like on various search engines. (This site actually places pretty high in a Google search for "hot, sexy pics"... We're right up on the first page of results. Imagine the disappointment of the wayward horny surfer...)
Here's a sampling (from November's logs) of some of the more interesting searches that got folks to this site...
December 6th, 2001href="http://www.lindqvist.com/art.php?incl=bert.php&lang=eng" target="_BLANK">Afghanistan?
Please note: The opinions expressed in the above statement are those of the author (who is a jerk) alone. Endorsement and / or support by Luther Wright and / or The Wrongs, jointly or severally is neither expressed nor implied, etc...
October 14th, 2001In other news, I've been repeatedly informed by various people involved that the boys will be appearing on The Chatroom on TalkTV this Thursday around 5:30 pmET Apparently you rabid fans can ask the band questions via the host in the online chat during their interview, or by phone (toll free, you cheapskates): 1-877-674-CHAT. Everyone is invited to log on at www.talktv.ca -- click "Chat".
October 14th, 2001Well we've just finished up two big and successful cd release shows for Rebuild the Wall. The entire 26 song cd came out on Universal Canada on September 25th and is in stores all over hells half acre. (Online you foreign brethren can find all of our cd's at maplemusic.com) The first ripper of a show was at the Horseshoe in Toronto and the other was in our hometown of Kingston at the Ironhorse Saloon. Yee-haw! Both joints were rockin' to the double-duty, 6 piece 'Wrongs-o-rama. Banjo dynamo Chris Quinn joined us for both nights and garnered much applause for his outstanding pickin'. We covet the day when Chris can join the full-time ranks of the Wrongs. We shot a music video for Brick in the Wall pt. 2 last week... it should be airing on CMT by the end of the month if all goes well. Fiddle player Julie Penner, who played on Rebuild the Wall joined us in the video where we are depicted as a bunch of Harley driving hombres cruising the country roads looking to subvert the dominant paradigm by way of musical performance. Rest assured, it'll look better than that less than spectacular vernacular portends. We'll soon be hitting the highway on our Charlottetown P.E.I. to Tofino B.C. tour. The talented Jim Bryson is joining the tour to open up the show. On our way home we'll be dipping into the states to play a few shows in Minnisota and points east, hopefully including a couple of dates with our home girl Sarah Harmer in Chicago and Detroit rock city. That's it for now, so keep warm by dancing with your sweetie in the kitchen and we'll see you soon!
September 26th, 2001Lordy, lordy... A new CD and a new goddam diary all in the same week!!! Will wonders never cease? This time it's the summer tour of eastern Canada. All this and more in the diaries section. Read 'em and weep! On a side note, I thought some of you wastrels may find this amusing...
September 13th, 2001Dude! New pictures of the band!!!
August 17th, 2001Well, I'm somewhat of a lazy man... Shameful really. However, I have finally added some content to the site after a somewhat lengthy content-drought. Hell, I've been off in scenic Victoria, eatin' sushi and surfin', dudes... Who's got time for some dang country band website Luther sent me a tour diary from the Spring tour of Western Canada. Chock full of edge-of-yer-seat excitement, I assure you... Here it is. In other hot prog-country news, the full release of the wall is due out on September 25th on Universal records (Proud manufacturers of Canada's prefab pop sensation Sugar Jones)
January 16th, 2001here have been a few dissenters in the crowd over the last year but this young fella takes the cake. He placed this gingerly on the stage at a show a while back and it always brings a tear to my eye when I read it. Well...not really, but it is a stated goal of the performing artist to get a reaction!:
First off this coming from a die-hard "Floyd" fan... You have (un)successfully killed the interest in the slew of cover-bands by "country-izing" such classic tunes! If you ever get signed, which I think Niegh 'know', will never happen I hope you fall flat and broke" and become a K-Mart Re-issue.
-In further...you royally suck...and I wish you hatred, depravity and bad wishes!!
Martyn E. Mace"