Composer, producer, vocalist and piano player Victor Wainwright is a raucous, high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare, fittingly dubbed the “Piana from Savannah.”
Wainwright won’t be in Savannah on Saturday, Nov. 23. But he will be in Reading for an 8 p.m. concert with his band The Train at 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom.
Playing the nightcap of that Reading Blues Fest double-header at 9:45 p.m. will be Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers featuring The Berks Horns.
Wainwright and his band didn’t get real fancy with the title of their debut album, calling it simply Victor Wainwright and The Train. But it is the most fitting of metaphors. In music folklore, the train has associations with the freight-hopping bluesmen of yore.
But with a restless boogie-woogie innovator like Wainwright stoking the furnace, the album is a charging locomotive, surging forward, crashing through boundaries of genre, sweeping up fresh sounds and clattering headlong past the doubters.
As Wainwright hollers in the ivory-pounding title track, “If you wanna boogie get aboard this train. Get yourself a ticket or get out of the way.”
The album received a 2019 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination.
The Train features drummer Billy Dean, bassist Terrence “Sweet Tea” Grayson and guitarist Pat Harrington.
Wainwright won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award at the 2018 Blues Music Awards.
Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues.
His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward.
Says Blues Revue Magazine, “Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over! Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world-class entertainer and vocalist.”