Wilco- one of the most requested bands ever to grace the Bluesfest stages are coming back. If you don’t own a Wilco album, your music collection can never be complete. Here is a band that has that rare quality of appealing to people from all walks of life, from different generations and with opposing music tastes. Those who caught them at Bluesfest in 2006, where they had the entire crowd transfixed, will be able to vouch for this.
Once in a blue moon this type of genius comes along, and 16 years ago that’s exactly what happened. It hasn’t been a simple build for these musicians, though they accrued critical acclaim from the start, but eight studio albums later, they have proven themselves time and again to be one of the best live bands around.
In the 90’s the band found itself at odds with their record company, Reprise, and the relationship dissolved in 2001, when they label declined to release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and dropped the band. Nonesuch stepped in to release the album the following year which has since become Wilco’s top selling effort to date. Wilco recorded three subsequent albums on Nonesuch, including 2005’s Grammy-winning A Ghost is Born, before the band decided to start their own record company, dBpm Records.
The current lineup of Wilco solidified in 2004 when avant-garde guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Wilco’s founder, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Jeff Tweedy and founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glen Kotche and keyboardist Michael Jorgensen.
Their latest release, The Whole Love (2011)showcases Wilco in a stunning new light, with bold rock songs, sombre acoustic ballads and punchy pop songs. It’s clear from listening to the album that the production was a deeply collaborative process between Tweedy, Sansone and Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams).The key to this album though, according to band, is that it captures the vibrant energy the band brings to their live performances which have generated their epic following to date.
“I feel really good about the way the songs have all come together, and the lyrics especially.” Tweedy says. “I don’t feel like I’m repeating myself, which is the best I think you can hope for after writing, I don’t know, a couple of thousand songs.”
Don’t miss this staggering live band as the blue moon rises this Bluesfest.
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