No band deserves or reflects its name more than Victor Wainwright's Train. Ever since emerging onto the southern rocking blues scene, Wainwright has been at the helm of a locomotive-like force under a full head of steam.
Thorold has seen its fair share of stars, hall of famers and veteran blues artists roll through the city but rising star Wainwright will be a force to be reckoned with for a very long time.
He's already racked up more awards and accolades than performers twice his age and the honours just add more fuel to his musical engine.
At 38 the star received a 2019 Grammy nomination for best blues album. He's already won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award at the 2018 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, the BB King Entertainer and band of the Year, and the Blues Blast Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. And now he's added nominations for the 2019 Independent Blues Awards in the "Best Contemporary Blues CD," "Best Blues Stage Performance," "Road Warrior," "Contemporary Blues Song," and "Contemporary Blues Band" categories.
“Growing up in Roots music, I would watch the Grammys and dream of one day taking part," said Wainwright, whose self-titled album on Ruf Records earned him his nomination. "One morning, I woke up to that dream becoming a reality.”
Blues Revue wrote, "Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over. Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world-class entertainer and vocalist."
And the Chicago Blues Guide noted, “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 blues star, a tremendous player.”
Wainwright and his powerful Train will appear at Holy Rosary Hall, 35 Queen Street South in Thorold on Tuesday July 23 at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.canalbankshuffle.com