As noted in our year-end wrap up, Numero Group consistently earns points for hipping a wider audience to artists and sounds they didn’t yet know they were missing. And when it comes to reissue labels you really cannot ask for more. Latest case in point: Willie Wright’s Telling The Truth. From Wright’s label bio we learn he cut his teeth on the Harlem doo-wop scene before heading north to Boston. From there Wright landed in Nantucket in 1976 eventually hawking Telling The Truth from the back of his car. Thirty plus years later Numero Group resurrected the LP, which dropped this past Tuesday.
Check out Wright’s homage to the island below. I love the juxtaposition between the Caribbean flavor and the island’s decidedly non-Caribbean geographic locale.
MP3: Willie Wright :: Nantucket Island
6 thoughts on “Willie Wright :: Telling The Truth”
great post. really like the soft, smooth feeling…
Thanks for a lot of great post lately!!
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Classical, this is true soul music, good lookin’.
Smoother than a Courvoisier-baby oil cocktail…
I’m writing to let you know that Willie Wright, whose 1978 classic LP “Telling the Truth” was re-issued by Chicago re-issue label Numero Group last year,Â http://www.numerogroup.com/catalog_detail.php?uid=01222
has made a brand new album called “This is Not a Dream.” http://www.williewrightmusic.com This is a link to his MySpace page where you can hear all the new tunes: http://www.myspace.com/willie_wright
The re-issue got very positive response from soul fans and new listeners; “Good Morning America” featured one of the tunes (“I’m So Happy”) from it on May 7, 2011, and the first pressing sold out in a matter of weeks. All of this is what has inspired Willie to ease temporarily out of retirement, assemble a new band with some old friends in Burlington, Vermont, and craft his first studio album in 34 years.
He is now 73 and copes with advanced Parkinson’s, but can still make arrestingly beautiful music with thoughtful lyrics. His “smooth as warm butter” voice is still powerful, even though at the same time, it reveals a more fragile and emotional side than in his early career. This new record was released by Green Coil Records in Burlington, Vermont on April 24, 2012.
Given that he is not able to gig or tour in support of the album, we are depending on reviews and word of mouth to promote it – please give a listen and let us know what you think!
Green Coil Records http://www.greencoilrecords.com
Burlington, Vermont, USA
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