SONG PREMIERE: Victor Wainwright Provides The Righteous & Soulful Music Medicine Via “Sing”

As a GRAMMY-nominated kingpin of American roots Victor Wainwright’s 2020 release Memphis Loud (out 4/24) is a snapshot of America’s great cities and genres, embodying a connection between exciting unseen places with a modern twist. As the title suggests, Memphis Loud’s rattle-and-shout originals demand to be played at speaker-shaking volume. “Find a moment,” he advises, “to sit back with your favorite headphones or speakers, turn it up, and listen. It’s heavy, and I know you’re gonna love it.”

Stick a pin in the post-millennium roots scene and you’ll find Wainwright at the heart of the action, breaking the rules. Since perking up ears with his 2005 release, Piana’ From Savannah, the now Memphis-based Savannah, Georgia native has been a vital force in the American roots scene, lost count of his industry awards, and elbowed aside the pop pretenders to scale the dizzying heights of the Billboard Top 10. He’s an ageless, genre-defying presence, busting at the seams with original music that darts between Americana, Jam, Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz and even Psyche- delia. As he says; “Everyone’s welcome aboard the train.”

Wainwright’s latest locomotive only further stokes his creative fire. Whether in the studio or on the stage, Memphis Loud follows The Train’s self-titled studio debut’s 2019 GRAMMY Nomination with joyous, ears-wide-open music. The exchange of energy is breathtaking. “Our fans are like locomotive firemen,” says the bandleader, “frantically shoveling coal into the furnace. They fuel us as we pull handles, twist knobs and screech around bends. With flying sparks and a wicked whistle, we’re arriving right on time with Memphis Loud.

Glide is thrilled to premiere the profound “Sing” (below) a righteous mix of boogie, soul and jazz that combines elements of Dr. John cool and a stunning arrangement. “Sing” combines visual elements and a profound poignancy that provides an audio medicine for all of us looking for an at-home relief to today’s uncertain times.

Within the song,” explains Wainwright, “the listener is surrounded by a hundred singing voices, all in emotional toil and suffering together, but relieving that pain with the gift of singing and the gift of music. If we sing together, we can ease that anxiety, begin to mend hearts and provide a much needed diversion during times of stress.”

“By the song’s end,” explains Wainwright, “the listener is surrounded by a hundred singing voices in emotional toil, but relieving that pain by singing, and letting it all out.”

Within the song,” explains Wainwright, “the listener is surrounded by a hundred singing voices, all in emotional toil and suffering together, but relieving that pain with the gift of singing and the gift of music. If we sing together, we can ease that anxiety, begin to mend hearts and provide a much needed diversion during times of stress.”

“By the song’s end,” explains Wainwright, “the listener is surrounded by a hundred singing voices in emotional toil, but relieving that pain by singing, and letting it all out.”

Renowned for twisting roots music into bold new shapes, Wainwright’s recording sessions in Memphis, flanked by co-producer Dave Gross and a wishlist of special guests, has birthed a modern classic. “I like to produce and write with immense musical curiosity,” he says, “leaving no roots stone unturned, but pushing the art-form forward. I carry with me the lessons from my grandfather, who taught me piano, and countless hours studying the roots of blues, genuine rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, boogie-woogie and honky-tonk, all the while honestly developing that into something modern, fun, unique, emotional and powerful.”

Photo by Austin Britt

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