Bon, 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, 2004
Happy 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, 2004
Well 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, 2004
How 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, 2004
Greetings 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, 2004
Summer 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, 2004
Hey 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, 2004
Home 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, 2004
We 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, 2004
PHOTOS? 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, 2004
Well 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.
Hey 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, 2004
It'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, 2004
Sometimes 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, 2004
Alright! 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, 2004
Cold, 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, 2004
yipee 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, 2004
Happy 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