Joey Wright released his new album, Country, Music, and The GATE is pleased to premiere his brand new video for the single “Black Hole”.
Wright worked with Jonas Bonnetta, better known as Evening Hymns, to record early sessions that would eventually become the Country, Music album, but Wright also worked with a range of other artists to craft the rich new album. Both Amy Millan and Jenny Whiteley sing on the record, and some of the members of the band Stars contributed to the rhythm and horn section on key tracks, Christine Bougie and Burke Carroll played steel guitar on the album, not to mention a range of other artists, including Julien Brown on bass, Mike Brushey on drums, and Aaron Comeau playing piano, organ, and bass. And then Daniel Ledwell mixed the album at his Echo Lake studio.
Watch the video for “Black Hole”
About Joey Wright:
Growing up, Wright snuck in to clubs in Toronto, when he was underage, to see performers like Jeff Healey, Madagascar Slim and David Wilcox. Those artists were a big influence on his career.
“When I first saw those great players in bars in Toronto it shocked me,” Wright said. “Music had always seemed like magic to me and that everything I’d heard to that point was played by a type of super hero. When I saw that people could make similar sounds to the ones I was hearing on record I was changed forever and knew then what I wanted to do.”
Thanks to siblings, and his parents, he was also introduced to a range of other music, from folk to jazz. In the 90s that led Wright to become a staple in the bluegrass, old time, and traditional country scene in Toronto, and in 1999 he joined Jenny Whiteley’s band where her first two albums earned Juno awards for Best Roots Traditional Album. He would go on to work with Sarah Harmer before recording his own album, Jalopy, in 2007, which earned a Juno nomination for Best Instrumental Album.
Recently, in 2015, Wright was selected to score the multi award-winning film The Anniversary, and his collaborations continued with Jill Barber and Matthew Barber on their recording Family Album.
“Joey Wright doesn’t need a bio,” Sarah Harmer said of Wright. “You just hear about him. A rumour, a sound. Musical charisma enveloping a career of cinematic guitars, slides of blues and bluegrass. An inspired force of beauty and bravado, danger and charm.”
Joey Wright is on tour now:
July 22, 2017 – Victoria, BC – Hermann’s
August 11, 2017 – Gannanoque ON – Lakeside Stage
September 7, 2017 – McDonald’s Corners ON
September 9, 2017 – Ottawa ON – Spirit of Rasputin’s
September 23, 2017 – Westport ON – The Cove
September 24, 2017 – Port Hope ON – Cultivate Festival
October 18, 2017 – Waterford, ON – Imagine Art Festival
October 19, 2017 – Killkenny, Ireland – Cleere’s
October 20, 2017 – Galway, Ireland – Campbells, Headford
October 23, 2017 – Ballmore Co, Kildare – Ballymore Acoustic Gigs
October 24/25 – Smithborough, Co. Monaghan – Toals
October 26 – Omagh, N. Ireland – Boneyard Records
October 27 – Belfast, Ireland – The Sunflower
October 28 – Ballina, Co. Tipperary – Washerwoman
October 29 – Co. Kilkenny – House Concert