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...