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Weeping Tile & Friends 20th annual Rock for Charity Show!
December 1st, 2014Oh it is on baby. December 21 at Stages Nightclub in Kingston. Sunday, December 21st at Stages Nightclub, 390 Princess Street. Kingston, Ontario Doors are at 7:30 with the show starting at 8pm, and features performances by: DJ Footbags, The Diaries, Jay Harris, Krista Lederhosen Lucil Muir, Weeping Tile, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly featuring Brucey the Git, and Special Guests! All funds will go to support The Kingston Salvation Army Winter Relief Fund, the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and Marthas Table. This is a licensed, all-ages show. Tickets are $20 and available at: Zap Records, 340 Princess St. Stages Nightclub, The Brass, and online at www.maplemusic.com We are always so happy that people make this an annual holiday tradition, coming from near and far to enjoy some great music, and see old friends as the holiday season kicks off. As our 20th Annual we would like to recognize the many local venues, musicians and supporters who have helped us reach this milestone. Kingston is an engaged and generous community and we are excited to be presenting the show for the 20th time! Please help spread the word for these great charities, and thank you for your support. Luther Wright, Sarah Harmer & Sean Kelly
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November 18th, 2014If you buy cds at the store on our site between now and Christmas PayPal will give you a 5% discount.
November, the time to get er done
November 15th, 2014All is moving forward towards a fine holiday season. We are putting the benefit machine into gear with our 20th annual fundraiser set for December 21 in Kingston. Also me and the Wrongs recorded a fine version of Blue Christmas for a charity cd that I will post when it is ready. Along with White Christmas that we did a few years back I feel like we are getting pretty handy at the ole xmas tunes. A wonderful gang of people have invited me to California to speak and play shows in March which give me motivation to finish the album Chris Brown and I have been labouring at for the last year. A crowd sourcing thing is taking shape so get out your cheque books and prepare to support the arts!
Autumn Greetings 2014
September 20th, 2014Walt Whitman sure lived up to his name as a wit, i.e., "We were together. I forget the rest.”. From time to time while driving along in the van on tour when one of us is telling a story of past adventures this accurately describes my memory of said event. It is a wonderful thing to have friends and share stories. I appreciated that luxury yesterday while attending an event to celebrate 30 years of the organization "Cornerstone" in Ottawa. Cornerstone is the largest social service organization serving women in the community, providing emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of women. There was games, music, dinner and an open stage where I joined in a rousing version of Coming Round the Mountain, re-written to reflect the work Cornerstone does. The positivity and comradery was inspiring and insightful and something I hope everyone takes the chance to experience. I have visited a few shelters over the years, sometimes to perform and sometimes to deliver money raised at benefits I am involved in from time to time. It is sobering to meet the clients and talk and reflect on their stories. Hearing the stories of struggles, challenges, the twists and turns that brought them to where they are now are generally inspiring and moving. I thought of a phrase I read somewhere, "better by far that you should forget and smile then that you should remember and be sad.". For many people some memories are perhaps best let go and forgotten so that positive thoughts can fill that dark void. Of course I am not saying it as a rule because remembering trauma and dealing with perpetrators is an important process to change the world into a safer place. But a head full of sad thoughts diminishes our ability to move forward and flourish. As the tour date section of this site indicates I am not playing a whole lot this fall in an effort to finish up the album H.Chris Brown and I have well underway over on Wolfe Island. I am actually playing the odd local show in Kingston and up in Wakefield, most notably a big tribute show at Kaffe 1870. 22 Wakefield area songwriters are covering each others songs over two nights. It is something I have always wanted to do in Kingston but Wakefield, due to its size, made it easier to pull together. That and the local spirit and enthusiasm that all of the musicians readily offer up when creative ideas are proposed. I am hoping it will be a template we can use again and again. The goal is also to raise money to build a permanent, outdoor stage at the local community centre where likely all of the musicians will play one day. Well, I trust autumn is shaping up to be a productive and happy time for you dear readers. Lu xo
August 5th, 2014We sure had a blast at the Nashwaak Festival down in New Brunswick last weekend. They treated us well and we enjoyed everyone we saw play. Gearing up for Wolfe Island this weekend which features the original Wrongs line up including Sean Kelly, Cam Giroux, Dan Curtis and yours truly. Then to tie up a month of good times I am heading to P.E.I. to play the Cloggeroo Festival in Georgetown. Rusty Ford and Miss Mellie are joining me and we will be playing a Butterfingers show a Stomping Tom tribute as well as an Lw set and a Rusty Ford set. Check out Rustys new hit Crack Smoking Mayor
Pros and Cons
July 30th, 2014I was a small part of a project called Postcards From The County that was recorded by men incarcerated in The Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston Ontario, Canada. It is a beautiful project that Chris Brown put together and it includes music by Sarah Harmer, Open Hearts Society, Melwood Cutlerly and myself. Please check it out and download it HERE
Summer heat, summer music and fun
July 22nd, 2014Super beau times coming up as we motor down to the The Nashwaak Music Festival for the weekend of Aug 1,2,3 then it is back for a quick re group to play the the Wolfe Island Music Festival on August 8th at St Margrets Hall with Wilderness of Manitoba. This gig features the original Luther Wright & the Wrongs Sean Kelly, Cam Giroux, Dan Curtis and yours truly. We will rock you. Check out the festival sites for more info on who else is playing.
July 9th, 2014Well yes indeedy do we have been having fun in music land up this way. Awna Teixeira and her bandmate Jay and I wowed them on our wee tour of the area. It was particularly swinging good fun on the weekend shows which included the legendary Black Sheep Inn in picturesque Wakefield Qc. Chris Brown and Eil Abrams joined in the fun that night and we put on a nice show for the people. Awna really kills it, that is for sure. We also played the Daverne Barn down Kingston way on the Sunday which was also fathers day so we had Rueben de Groot join the bill for that one and he brought along his little one Zevon to accent the event with some father son fun. Last weekends madness was crazy good times. Our friend and supporter Pam hired me to put together a hootenanny style show for her birthday and man was it ever stupendous! Just a pack of wild musicians feeding on all the love. We had the Abrams Brothers, Justin Bird, Jenny Whiteley, Chris Brown, Miss Emily, Dan Curtis and the Wrongs all firing on all pistons. Emily thought it crazy not to carry on later (as it was an afternoon affair) so we took over the Toucan Pub downtown in Kingston that night where I proceeded to hog the stage and most of the guitar solos. I jumped and jumped and screamed and punked out until Sean Kelly kicked me and my buddy out for looking too good. (and also it was 3 am in Onsquario) There is a little peace in the valley for a few days leading up to our festival run to New Brunswick in early August. Hopefully things will dry up after the crazy storm that hit that area over the weekend. I heard that Stan Fest in Canso was cancelled due to weather, which is saying something as when we played the fest some years back it rained most of the time and the locals really did not make much of a fuss. Canso is in a special spot by the causeway to Cape Breton island in eastern Canada if you wanna check it out on the map. And for a good read that is set partly in Cape Breton I highly recommend the Canadian classic, No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.
14 sunny days in BC, part two
June 17th, 2014Ahhh, the warm and fuzzy feeling of another successful tour with tremendously talented friends has me all smiles as I write. The remainder of the western swing went off without a hitch but with lots of fun surprises. The aforementioned gig at Lucky Bar involved an afternoon of dress shopping for the band who at that time included Dennis on bass, Joel on lead guitar and Miss Carolyn and I at the helm of the goodship cross dress. It was a women in music night presented by the college/community conference that was on in Victoria. I thought we looked fetching and also played particularly well. Carolyn and I really nailed her hit Dinna Come Over Baby! The next days ferry ride back to Vancouver was sunny and ripe with that scenic gulf island splendor that keeps bringing me back to the west. We were reunited with Rusty and Terri for another tavern show at the Princeton. Again, a banner night. Big version of Rustys new hit, the Rob Ford Song. We scampered up the Cocaholla highway the next day to our house concert at family Colliers stylish home. The weather was again agreeable so we set our things up in the garden so that the good people could sit around us on the porch and enjoy our quirky performance. Lots of great socializing before during and after the show where ended up around a nice fire with even nicer vino and conversation. Hostess Leslie worked tirelessly the next a.m. to feed and coffee us and the other overnight guests so that we could all get away to our next engagements. We made our way directly west to Spences Bridge in the desertlands where we checked into our cozy rooms at The Inn that is nicely set between the trans Canadian railway and The Thompson River. We rehearsed over cocktails in the girls room, pausing every 20 minutes for another 120 car freight train to roll by. I ran over and squashed a toonie which turned out to be sort of disappointing. Steve and crew fed us a great meal and all the locals made for a charming and sold out show at the Packing House that night. My song about Elvis really won over the crowd and one fella said that if the King were still alive today he would be singing my songs. Thats okay. All pistons were firing at the Anza club in Vangroover the next night where we brought the tour to a close with a bang. Great club and a good crowd of all kinds of folks. Paul Rigby joined us on steel guitar, etc and the delightful Kelly Haigh started the night off with a wonderful set. Carolyn had even booked a choir of beautiful singers to play and join us for a few tunes. Decadence! It was time to say goodbye like Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman do. Hello Wolfe Island and tour with Awna Teixeira which I elaborate on in detail soon!
June 3rd, 2014Things are going well out west here on the Blind Date Tour with Carolyn Mark, Rusty Ford and Terri Upton. We rocked the islands, with one more show tonight at Lucky Bar before we boat back to the mainland and do a bit of running around leading up to our big Vancouver show at the Anza club. It does not slow down much upon my return to Wakefield/Kingston area as Awna Teixeira and I pick up next week and play some shows including a hoedown with Chris Brown at the famous Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, June 14. The following week we are joining in the fun at SKELETON PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL It is a wonderful local Kingston festival and we are delighted to play in the park on Saturday June 21 at 1pm.
May 27th, 2014Saddle up the palamino hombres, we are hitting the road on the Blind Date tour featuring Rusty Ford, Carolyn Mark, Terri Upton and yours truly. By all accounts this will be a smooth run in good company as we scoot around the gulf islands and lower mainland with a quick jaunt up Kamloops way and back down on ye ole highway past hells gate. I am going to drink ten protein shakes a day and gain sixty pounds on this tour! And dye my hair red and get another tatoo! Why the hell not? I am an eccentric now right, not a crazy man like before. Crazy privileges come with age.
May the 4th be with you!
April 30th, 2014I am just gathering up my goods to make my way to Toronto via Kingston to play with the Wrongs for some shows. We kick it off at the fabulous Dakota Tavern in T.O. with Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins. Ron and I played a solo show together up here in Wakefield a month or so back and this time we are kicking it with our full bands. Burke Carrol and Dan Curtis will be soloing the shit out of the songs and Jt, Cam and I will sing like the muther fuggas that we are. Burke and I head to Guelph on Friday to do it up with my cousin Rob and his boys at the Magnolia Cafe. In tribute to the show we just watched Magnolia the film by PT Anderson and if have not seen it, do. It is an astounding piece of film art. He pushes and pulls you emotionally throughout and I gotta say, Tom Cruise can really act when he gets the roll. The whole cast is spectacular and I cannot believe that someone came up with and realized the whole thing. We play a smaller show at the Local in Toronto Saturday and then I return to my hometown for a nice Sunday show at the Mansion. Progress is being made in the recording department as well. I did a few days of screaming guitar overdubs a couple weeks back that still have my ears ringing. Big thanks to Mark Michaud of the Wakefield based band Fifty Men for lending me his guitar rig. I sold my baby/electric guitar a few years ago to pay for a much needed personality transplant. Lets face it, we get bored of ourselves after a while, right? Anyhoo, I still gots the chops on the axe as this album, when it is finally done, should attest to. The latest breaking news is an offer to play the Wolfe Island Music Festival in August. For this gig we are hoping to coax the elusive and massively talented, not to mention handsome, Sean Kelly to join us on bass and play as the four hosers that started the band back in nineteen ninety noneofyourbusiness. Stay tuned for that fun news. Lastly, I must say that a day has not gone by without me (and I am sure many others) thinking of Dave Gregg. We will rock in his honour over the next few shows. Alright people, keep on loving, living and laying it down. Lw
Dave Gregg rocked!
April 1st, 2014It is such devastating news to hear that our long time friend, mentor and rock hero Dave Gregg passed away suddenly on Sunday. He was such an amazing dude. His storied rock history with d.o.a. and the Real Mckenzies is legendary. We caroused around Nyc many a night after shows where Dave and Cathy would have shown up (Dave in his kilt and lamb wool vest) with a posse of dynamic friends. Their enthusiasm and joie de vie would always push us to another level of performance. Afterwards he knew the places to go in the city at 2 am where we could get excellent food or hit a little club as the scene there reached its apex of the night. At one point we were playing lots of shows at Ceebees Night Gallery on the Bowery and they used to take us up to the old Chelsea Arms after our shows where the bartender treated me like a king (based on Daves over the top introduction!). He would have me celebrity bartend while he chatted with Dave and Cathy at a table, our cd blaring through the bar. We were together just two months ago at my 50th birthday party and his devilish grin and the glint in his eye will always stay with me. I fucking love you Dave. Your friendship is something so many of us will miss tremendously. Our thoughts and love go out to dear Cathy and the family. Here is a loving bit: R.I.P. DAVE GREGG
March 21st, 2014Big, fun show this weekend with Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low fame here in Wakefield at the Kaffe 1870. Spring and summer are shaping up nicely for mucho fun.
The Night is dark and full of terrors, and this winter is long...
March 8th, 2014Oh my lord has it been a cold one. I spent 3 days on Wolfe Island with Chris Brown working on the new album and it was right out of a russian faery tale. Everything short of the wolves chasing the sleigh home from the dance. It is coming together nicely on the music side though and as spring and summer approach we have got a bunch of fun gigs lined up. However, it is hard not to be distracted by world events, as in the crisis in the Ukraine and locally with the Line 9 reversal plan that will move diluted bitumen through the most populated areas of Canada. Read this Vice Magazine article to bring you up to speed: Line 9 approval
February 11th, 2014this is fun: Nobody Home Pa Kettle stylee
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