Photo by Scott Preston
Friday April 19, 2013
Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY
7 pm doors, 8 pm show, all ages
Wooten, best known for his work on bass guitar with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews and more, released two new CDs on his own VIX Records in September 2012.
Continuing in his unique fashion of delivering musical innovation and thought-provoking compositions, Wooten delivered Words and Tones, a collection of 14 tracks featuring female vocalists. Sword and Stone is an instrumental CD that showcases the different sides of Wooten’s approach to music, performance and songwriting. On both CDs, Wooten contributes a variety of fretless and acoustic bass guitars, cello, keyboards, percussion, string arrangements, and vocals, highlighted by searing bass solos that will boggle the mind and definitely satisfy those that thrive on Wooten’s musical as well as technical skills. Vocalists on Words & Tones include Saundra Williams (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), Divinty Roxx (Beyoncé), Claudette Sierra, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Joey Kibble (Take 6) and Krystal Peterson, the newest member of Wooten’s touring band. Guest performers include Wooten’s brothers and kids, with several vocal tracks from Kaila Wooten, Wooten’s 14-year-old daughter. Other contributors include The Wooten Brothers; J. D. Blair (Shania Twain) and Derico Watson on drums; Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez on percussionist; and many more.
The touring ensemble includes Wooten on electric, tenor and upright basses, cello, guitar and vocals; Krystal Peterson on vocals, keyboards and drums; J. D. Blair on vocals and drums; Derico Watson on vocals and drums;Anthony Wellington on bass, keyboards & vocals; Steve Bailey on bass, keyboards, trombone and vocals; and Dave Welsch on bass, trumpet, keyboards and vocals. 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.
The ensemble received rave reviews on their summer and fall tours in 2012 and their February West Coast Tour.
Full tour schedule:
Wed, Apr 17 Germantown Performing Arts Germantown, TN
Thu, Apr 18 C2G Music Hall Fort Wayne, IN
Fri, Apr 19 Madison Theatre Covington, KY
Sat, Apr 20 Reggie’s Chicago, IL
Sun, Apr 21 Redstone Room Davenport, IA
Tue, Apr 23 Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, IN
Wed, Apr 24 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Thu, Apr 25 Busters Lexington, KY
Fri, Apr 26 The Handlebar Greenville, SC
Sat, Apr 27 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Sat, May 25 Summer Camp Chilicothe, IL
Sun, May 26 Summer Camp Chilicothe, IL
More info: www.victorwooten.com