Luther Wright and the Wrongs
|Luther Wright and the Wrongs|
|Also known as||Butterfingers|
|Origin||Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Alternative country, roots music|
|Associated acts||Weeping Tile|
The band began as a side project for Wright when he was a member of Weeping Tile. When that band amicably parted ways following their 1998 recording This Great Black Night, the Wrongs became Wright's primary band. The band membership has shifted a number of times since its inception. Original members Wright, Cam Giroux (drums), Sean Kelly (bass), Brian Flynn (fiddle), Dan Curtis (electric guitar) and Olesh Maximew (pedal steel guitar) toured Canada and established themselves on the burgeoning alt-country scene. Consistent contributors and guests include Sarah Harmer, Jason Mercer, and Chris Brown . Pedal steel player Burke Carroll joined the band in 2001 and was followed by Columbus, Ohio based fiddler Megan Palmer. Other band members that have come and gone and come back are mandolin player Dan Whiteley, fiddler Miranda Mulholland, bassist James Taylor, drummers,Casey Fisher, Bruce Martin and Russ Meissner, vocalist and pianist Emily Fennell, bassist Daria Grace and long time friend and guitarist Tony Scherr.
The band's debut album, Hurtin' for Certain, recorded at Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton, was released in 1997 on Snakeye Muzak. Guelph based D.R.O.G. records released Roger's Waltz in 1999. Both of these albums are original roots/country efforts with the songs written primarily by Wright. Guitarist Dan Curtis added two songs to Roger's Waltz, one a snappy duet entitled "Celia" with Sarah Harmer.
The band's best-known album, Rebuild the Wall, was released in 2001 on Back Porch Records. It is a track-by-track reimagining of Pink Floyd's progressive rock classic The Wall as a bluegrass country album. The band signed with Universal Records Canada and Back Porch Records in the U.S. and embarked on a North American tour to perform their version of the wall, intermixed with their own compositions.
In 2006 the band released Instrumentality on Snakeye Muzak. They also recorded two tracks for the 2006 Steve Goodman tribute album My Old Man, reimagining Goodman's "City of New Orleans" and "Jessie's Jig".
The members of Luther Wright and the Wrongs have also recorded two albums for children under the name Butterfingers. Wright continues to record and produce local Kingston area bands including Rueben de Groot, Emily Fennell, Dan & Jenny Whiteley with Riley Bagus and Vancouver based Rusty Ford.
The first thirty seconds of "Mother" from Rebuild the Wall.
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- 1997: Hurtin' for Certain (Snakeye Muzak)
- 1999: Roger's Waltz (Snakeye Muzak)
- 2001: Rebuild the Wall (Back Porch)
- 2003: Guitar Pickin' Martyrs (Back Porch)
- 2006: Instrumentality (Hardwood)
- 2008: Man of Your Dreams (Snakeye Muzak)
- 2012: The Jack Grace Band with Luther Wright, Live at The Acoustic Grill
- Luther Wright and the Wrongs biography at MapleMusic Recordings
- Assael, Shaun (June 30, 2002). "The Nation; Bluegrass's New-Age Hootenanny". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
- Haag, Stephen (February 26, 2004). "Review of Luther Wright and the Wrongs – Guitar Pickin' Martyrs (Back Porch, 2003)". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2008-10-17.