Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Victor Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective reflects his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art form forward. Composer, producer, vocalist, entertainer and award wining piano player; Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
“Victor Wainwright, winner of this year’s Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award at the BMA’s, is a force to be reckoned with on a piano. He IS honky-tonk and boogie, with a dose of rolling thunder. Wainwright’s playing is simply beautiful madness.”-American Blues Scene 2013 “Savannah, GA native Victor Wainwright is all about boogie woogie piano, deep soul, and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a rising blues star, a tremendous player.” -Chicago Blues Guide 2013
Victor first played the Edmonton Blues Festival in 2012 after festival producer Cam Hayden saw him performing in Memphis the year before… and since then we’ve been trying to get him back…after 5 long years Victor will return, now with a fistful of awards in his hands, including 6 Blues Music Awards as “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” (2013, 2014,2015, 2016), “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year” and “Band of the Year” (2016); Blues Blast Awards as “Rising Star”, New Artist Debut Release” and “Band of the Year” (2013), and multiple performances on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
Simply one of the premier performers in the blues today, “You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss him this time”, says festival producer Hayden, “Victor is on his way, way up in the blues world, and we are lucky and thrilled to have him making his way to Edmonton once again this summer”!