On 'Lit Up,' Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots take you on a joyous aural journey from the back porches of the Georgia hills to the bayous of Louisiana with stopovers in the jazz clubs of New Orleans, the R&B clubs of Memphis & Chicago and juke joints throughout the world.
Steven Dees on bass, acoustic guitar, percussion (and writing credits on 11 of the 14 songs) and Billy Dean on drums are the rich soil from which Greg Gumpel's guitars and Wainwright's keys can blossom.
Also included in the Wildroots are Patricia Ann Dees on tenor sax and backing vocals and Ray Guiser on tenor sax and clarinet and they skillfully help set the different moods displayed throughout this gem. Greg Gumpel proves a New York boy can play the blues with his electric guitar and Resonator guitar-work throughout 'Lit Up.'
What you get from Victor Wainwright is ever single atom of his soul. With 'Lit Up,' Wainwright proves he deserves to be in the same sentence with the great blues-boogie piano players of today. Victor also shows the range of vocal-stylings he has mastered; leading juke joint call and repeats, channeling the great soul singers of all time and growling the blues.
'Lit Up' is going to take Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots straight up."
Vinny Bond Marini