Wednesday On Beale & Five On Friday...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, July 23, 2010

Wednesday evening I got home and decided to head down to Beale Street.

Brandon Santini & Delta Highway were appearing at Mr. Handy's Blues Hall and right next door at the Rum Boogie Cafe, Victor Wainwright was playing with Greg Gumpel who is the guitar player for the Wildroots, Victor's main band, and Josh Roberts who is the guitar player for another local powerhouse The Reba Russell Band.

COUCH NOTE: While I was finishing this post off, Ms. Russell sent me a note confirming August 23rd as the night she will sit on The Couch with me on Music On The Couch. Cool Beans!

Though I had met Victor at a Delta Highway show and then interviewed him on Music On The Couch, I had never seen him play live.

Hold the phone folks..this guy is one hell of a performer and an incredible 'piana' (as he pronounces it) player. And the funny thing is, he does not have the hands of a piano player as pointed out to me by a gentleman named Silver Michaels Victor's fingers are small and wide. But can he play...oh yeah! And not just roadhouse boogie piano, he can tickle the ivories on slow numbers like no ones business.

So for the next few hours I went back and forth watching both bands play. I had my camera and will now share some shots with y'all...then we use the two bands for Five On Friday

Josh Roberts on bass guitar/kick drum and high hat;
Victor Wainwright on the 'piana'

Greg Gumpel on the Fender

Josh is only 22!  he will be a star soon

Gumpel, Roberts, Wainwright

A fav of mine...the passion is incredible

As my new friend Silver Michaels captioned on Facebook
Uncle Victor Wants YOU!

Josh mugging for the camera

Brandon Santini

Derek Bonn, drummer for Delta Highway
Is that not a rockers name, or what?

Elliott Sowell, guitar player for Delta Highway

Todd Edmunds, new bass player for Delta Highway
That is a hollow body, fretless bass guitar
the depth of sound he obtained was amazing

Brandon smokin' the harp

Come to Memphis
See these guys live up close
AND they are all the best people!

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

OK, the first 3 are from Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots and the last two from Brandon Santini & Delta Highway

HOLD ON now...that s not fair. TRAVIS!!! I am going 6 For Friday...mmmk?

Victor 'Piana' Wainwright: Lead vocals, piano, organ
Stephen 'Cat Daddy' Dees: Bass, guitar, vocals, percussion
Greg 'Six String' Gumpel: Guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Brian 'Machine Gunn' Kelly: Drums, percussion

The band performs as a four piece up to a seven piece with 'extended roots' members:
Patricia Ann Dees: Vocals, saxophone, keys, harmonica, bass
Ray Guiser: Saxophone, keys
Alberto Cruz: Congas, Percussion

Beale Street To The Bayou (Title Song)
Sold Down River
Sweet Louise

Current Lineup Seen Last Evening
Brandon Santini: Vocals and harmonica
Elliott Sowell: Guitars
Derek Bonn: Drums
Todd Edmunds: Bass

On These Songs:
Brandon Santini - Vocals, diatonic and chromatic harmonicas
Justin Sulek - Guitar
Tom "Slim" Louis - Bass
Steady" Kevin Eddy - Drums & percussions
Victor Wainwright - Piano on I Want You To Know


8 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. Looks to me like you had a great evening on Beale Street.
    Christmas in San Antonio sounds like a great adventure.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. You can post as much of these guys as you want on any day! Can't wait for time over the weekend to listen.

  5. DRILLERAA: Was a treat indeed. Hoping we can so S.A.

    TRAVIS: Thanks...enjoy when you can

  6. Jay Says:
  7. Partying on Beale Street! Sounds like some good times.

  8. This is such a great set: More More! It's enough to make you pack your bags and head for Memphis. Now if Memphis Beat will only actually film in the city, some of these guys might end up on TV.

  9. Thanks for helping those of us who are not local enjoy some Memphis local music. Great chops.

  10. Linda Says:
  11. Derek Bonn is indeed quite the rocker's name! Perhaps you'll soon be able to say "I knew him when"!

  12. Mimi Lenox Says:
  13. You find the coolest people! I am envious of your time sitting there soaking up that vibe. Love the pics.

    **We are rebel rule breakers. You did 6 songs. I did 1.**


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