The WT Feaster Band, an introduction long overdue.

Posted on 9/03/2010 by Mark Bastin

The W.T. Feaster Band, heard of them? Perhaps they're not in your library of blues who's who but this introduction is long overdue. After returning from a successful tour of the U.K. the WT Feaster Band prepares for their cd release party tonight which will span two nights of exciting music at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, In. This is not the bands first experience with cd releases as their debut album "Long Overdue" came onto the scene in 2007 and has produced respectable reviews and praise with a ten song track listing sharing some tasty contemporary blues while highlighting W.T.'s guitar style. Include some keyboard and a solid back beat and you have an album which stands up to many heard today. W.T. has brought a stronger rock element to his new release but the blues flavor remains as the foundation for his music and his touring. The band has been back in the U.S. only a few days following their 3rd U.K. tour in as many years and the following and media hype they received on this tour was tremendous! After 13 club dates with 5 of those in London on consecutive nights the month of August was a W.T. Feaster Fest in the U.K. Songs from their first cd opened the door for them to return over seas and their new release has set the stage for another explosive tour in 2011.

Coming into the recording of the new release W.T. was wanting something a little different so he sought out to record in Nashville Tennessee and added a few surprise elements. W.T. recorded at Vibe 56 Studio with producer Scott Velazco using session players Greg Morrow on drums, and Steve Mackey on bass. Another significant musician on the new recording is keyboard/organ player Reese Wynans of the famed band Double Trouble. For W.T. recording with this group was invaluable learning and an exciting experience which brings even more excitement to hearing the result. Being his sophomore effort he was determined to make a better album than the last and to create something which showed his progression. Upon hearing the demos I was so impressed with the sound, lyrics, and diversity within the album I knew he was on to something great! It was his own belief and execution which created what I believe is worthy of national attention and praise and as an added bonus he's included the amazing vocals of Tad Robinson on the song "Break For You." In comparison to several other blues rock musicians of today his music can be spoken in the same breath without question. Although I still believe W.T. will uncover more within that will amaze the masses the new disc titled "Wish You Well" has something for everyone and exposes the guitar skill which has made him a rising star among the local blues community and abroad. With ten tracks down and an explosive release party planned in the city where he resides you can bet he'll have plenty reason to celebrate!

Along with the successful U.K. Tour and cd release there was another exciting opportunity which came up. Well almost, Walter Trout had spoke with W.T. about touring with him on his tour until a band members relative secured the opening spot leaving the exciting proposal as a lingering taste of what could come when the timing is right. W.T. along with bassist Austin Shearer, drummer Chris Taylor, and pianist J. Wesley Smith welcomes you to join them as they perform on the main stage at the Slippery Noodle September 3rd & 4th sharing songs new and old with hopes of making new friends who'll follow their journey. Pick up a copy of the new cd at the show or order online through itunes. There's also a video teaser sampling all songs from the new disc on youtube at the link below.
~ Mark
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