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August 24, 25 & 26, 2017

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

  • Victor Wainwright
  • Victor Wainwright Piano
  • Victor Wainwright Band
  • Victor Wainwright
  • Victor Wainwright Piano
  • Victor Wainwright Band

2016 Blues Music Award Winner | BB King Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year | Nominated -Piano Player of the Year
2015 Boom Town Billboard Top 10 - #5
2013 & 2014 Blues Music Awards | Piano Player of the Year


Born in Savannah, Georgia, Victor's childhood was filled with music. Surrounded by a musical family, Victor found himself emulating his Dad's vocals and Grandfather Jessie's boogie-woogie piano playing. Over the last decade he has broadened his artistic scope to encompass nearly every corner of the Blues. Victor’s star is definitely on the rise, having won the coveted Blues Music Award as “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014, as well as anchoring the acclaimed group, Southern Hospitality, whose “Easy Livin’” release made the Top 10 on the Billboard blues chart.

Florida-born Stephen Dees, the nephew of Grand Ole Opry stalwart "Fiddlin" Chubby Wise (Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys), picked up his grandfather's guitar, handed down to him by his father Lamar, at an early age. Stephen's father wanted him to continue their family's country music tradition, but when Dees fell in love with Rock 'n' Roll the die was cast. Dees has toured and/or recorded as bassist/vocalist with Hall and Oates, Todd Rundgren, Pat Travers, Novo Combo {w/ Michael Shrieve} and Foghat, to name a few.

Wainwright and Dees first met in 2004 in Ormond Beach, FL where they were both on the bill of a benefit concert. Stephen was performing with his wife Patricia as a duo called "The Bandees" and Victor with his band "The Deal". Both were very impressed with the other's performance. The two discovered they shared a mutual cultural identity, having been raised in musical families in the American South, and a deep affection for Blues, R&B and roots rock ‘n’ roll out of the '50s and 60's such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Richard. They discussed the possibility of collaborating on an all-original recording project for Victor paying homage to the music that influenced them both. Dees agreed to produce and co-write what would become Wainwright's 2005 release PIANA' FROM SAVANNAH.
"It's hard to follow the speed limit while this one's playing... Pinetop Perkins would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]

After the release of PIANA' FROM SAVANNAH, and after some outstanding live performances, they knew they had something special and decided to forge a more focused working relationship. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots were born.

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