Brian Wright: Brian Wright (www.brianwrightsongs.com) was born and raised in Texas, but spent his first few years of life traveling in a green VW bus, living in hotel rooms while his father, a Vietnam vet, worked as a pipeline surveyor before they settled in Lorena, TX, a farming community just south of Waco.
While the majority of Wright fans know him for his lyrical prowess which has been compared to Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and more musical poets, he actually began playing music as a teen playing in punk and art rock bands around Texas, but he also found himself sneaking off to play solo folk shows at local coffee houses and filling in on drums and guitar for regional honky tonk bar bands.
In 2002, Wright moved to Los Angeles where for many years he became one of the more revered centerpieces of the famous Hotel Cafe music scene in Hollywood - a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and band leader of The Waco Tragedies, a seven, sometimes eight-piece band of some of Hollywood’s finest musicians and harmonizers. During that time, Wright made two albums, Dog Ears and Bluebird with this band and began a touring career in the US, Europe and South America, creating a buzz around Wright’s song depth and musicality. In fact, Bluebird made such an impact on highly regarded music industry executive, Bill Bentley, that he called it the best album of 2007.
In addition to touring and recording, Wright was daily becoming a more and more skilled multi-instrumentalist, backing and collaborating with other artists such as Joe Purdy and British artist, Tom McRae, playing on countless records, writing songs and composing scores for TV and film, and playing in the house band on the Carson Daly Show.
In 2010, he holed up in a Laurel Canyon studio and created, along with co-producer, Mike Vizcarra, his critically acclaimed third album, House on Fire. Wright played nearly every instrument, and caught the attention of Grammy award-winning producer and engineer, Gary Pacosza, who also served as A&R for Sugar Hill Records. Pacosza signed Wright, which was also followed by a publishing deal with BMG/Chrysalis and working with manager/publicist and author, Tamara Saviano (Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson).
Sugar Hill released House on Fire, and as Wright spent a great deal of time on the road sharing the stage with the Milk Carton Kids, Joe Purdy, LeeAnn Womack, and performed at the Newport Folk Festival, he quickly followed up House on Fire with Rattle Their Chains.
“His second album for the label (his fourth overall) not only avoids a sophomore slump, but shows tremendous growth in his music, performing and style. Wright is more of a writer than an entertainer (though he is indeed quite entertaining), with music that strives for more than meter-fitting rhymes and a pleasant way to pass three minutes.
This is a finely-crafted step forward from his previous album, showing off both Wright's ever-sharpening songwriting and growing reach as a performer.”
- No Depression
Just before the release of Rattle Their Chains, Wright moved to Nashville and was quickly welcomed into the thriving East Nashville music scene, where he has since been showcased the last four years at the Americana Festival, appeared on Music City Roots, written songs with Guy Clark, played and collaborated with the scene’s top players and songwriters like his most recent spot as electric guitar player for New West recording artist, Aaron Lee Tasjan, that has sent them on the road playing shows with John Moreland, The Felice Brothers and coming up Lydia Loveless, the Cayamo cruise in February, San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in October 2017, and other exciting shows not announced yet.
In addition, Wright pieced together his own recording studio in a backyard shed where a new chapter of songs and collaborations has been born. Cafe Rooster Sessions, Vol. 1 is the first release of those recordings, which are more intimate presentations of Wright’s songs and just the beginning of an upcoming release of work that has been in place between tours.
Now after expanding the studio and joining forces with artists Darrin Bradbury and Sally Jaye, Wright runs Cafe Rooster Records, a new independent East Nashville record label that is owned and operated solely by the artists and the recent additions of producer/engineer, Gabe Masterson and music video director, Shawn Michael Foster. The label’s launch concert during Americana Fest this year attracted over 500 people and included performances by Wright, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Darrin Bradbury, Joe Purdy, Ladies Gun Club, Jon Latham and Paul Luc.
Only two months old, the label is home for the summer release of Ladies Gun Club’s first full length album, Take My Love Away, Darrin Bradbury’s September release, Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook, and Wright’s latest summer release, The SneakUps, which is a compilation of his more rock n roll, never released recordings, where he once again played most of the instruments himself.