Victor Wooten Releasing Two New CDs

Victor Wooten, best known  for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews and more, will kick off his summer tour at the Summer Camp Festival in late May backed by an amazing ensemble of musicians as he gears up for the release of two new CDs on VIX Records in September of 2012.

In between intense touring with The Flecktones, Wooten has been recording and mixing a new CD that will be released in two versions simultaneously in September. 

Words & Tones comprises 13 songs (11 new original tracks and 2 cover songs) which all feature a female vocalist. Vocalists include longtime friends Saundra Williams (Sharon jones and the Dap Kings) and Divinty Roxx (Beyonce), as well as Wooten’s brothers and kids. New collaborations include a smooth vocal performance from Me’shell Ndegeocello, a beautiful duet featuring Joey Kibble (Take 6), and fiery percussion from “Pedrito” Martinez.

Sword & Stone is the instrumental rendition of the recordings. To make things more interesting, Wooten has added new arrangements, solos, instruments, and musicians to this CD. Each CD features a few songs not found on the other.
On this tour, Krystal Peterson, a young singing sensation from Cincinnati, will make her first appearance with the Victor Wooten band. Also joining Wooten are long time cohorts J. D. Blair, Derico Watson, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, and Dave Welsch. These touring musicians also join Wooten on the new CDs. Peterson sings two songs on Words and Tones.

Each musician will multitask (actually switching instruments mid-song) resulting in a part choreographed and part improvised display of musicianship and showmanship at its best. Instruments include: bass, acoustic bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, cello, percussion, vocals, and more.

Wooten comments, “Like the new records, I’ll make a slight departure from previous bands. This time around, I’ll be featuring a unique mixture of multi-instrumentalists.  Fans can expect high energy, world-class musicianship, and as always, things they’ve never seen or heard before. The show will consist of mostly new music from my upcoming 2 new CD’S, but will also feature songs from my earlier releases, as well as original music from members of the band, including selections from 2012?, J.D.Blair’s new CD, which was just released on VIX Records.”

The itinerary is as follows:

Sun, May 27            Summer Camp                Chilicothe, IL           
Mon, May 28            C2G Music Hall                Fort Wayne, IN   
Tue, May 29            Beachland Ballroom             Cleveland, OH   
Wed, May 30            Mr. Small’s Theater            Millvale, PA       
Thu, May 31            The Howard Theatre            Washington DC   
Fri, June 1            Toad’s Place                New Haven, CT   
Sat June 2            Iridium Jazz Club            New York, NY   
Sun, June 3            Iridium Jazz Club            New York, NY   
Tue, June 5            Ram’s Head On Stage            Annapolis, MD   
Wed, June 6            Helsinki                    Hudson, NY       
Thu, June 7            Brooklyn Bowl                Brooklyn, NY       
Fri, June 8            Keswick Theatre             Glenside, PA       
Sat, June 9            Paradise                Boston, MA       
Fri, June 29            Port City Music Hall            Portland, OR       
Sat, June 30            Montreal Jazz Fest            Montreal QC       
Sun, July 1            Montreal Jazz Fest            Montreal QC       
Mon, July 2            The Ark                    Ann Arbor, MI   
Tues, July 3            Viper Alley                Lincolnshire, IL   
Thurs, July 5            Old Rock House            St. Louis, MO   
Fri, July 6            George’s Majestic Lounge        Fayetteville, AR   
Sat, July 7            Granada                Lawrence, KS   
Thurs, July 12            Boulder Theater                Boulder, CO       
Fri, July 13            Aggie Theater                Fort Collins, CO   
Sat, July 14            Cervantes                Denver, CO       
Thurs, July 19            Yoshi’s                    Oakland, CO       
Fri, July 20            Yoshi’s                    Oakland, CO       
Sat, July 21            Trinity Tribal Stomp            Junction City, CA   
Sat, Aug 4            Telluride Jazz                Telluride, CO       

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