Sloan Wainwright

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:17

    Sloan Wainwright to return for Warwick performance Nov. 6 WARWICK-Singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright and her band will return to Warwick for an evening program of music on Saturday, Nov. 6. The performance will be at Warwick Valley Winery, Distillery and Orchards. Jim Elwell of Pine Island, NY, will introduce the evening with a set of his original songs. Elwell, has been a regular performer at the winery's Dylan Festivals and afternoon music series, where he rocks audiences with the more obscure of folk-rock cover tunes. It is only recently that he has shared his writing talents publicly. Tickets are $15 if bought in advance or $18 at the door. A bistro style menu will be available from 7 - 8:25 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:30. This concert is part of a continuing series of evening concerts that the Warwick Valley Winery Distillery and Orchards holds in its indoor performance room. The evening series is also an extension of the Uncorked and Unplugged Music Series, a free series which showcases local performers every Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the year. The winery is located at 114 Little York Road in Warwick. For further information, directions, and reservations, contact the winery at or at 258-4858. Sloan Wainwright has been a pioneer all her life. A forerunner in the independent music scene long before it became hip to walk the road less traveled. She has a reputation as an artist whose passionate work and extraordinary life have fused to burn a new definition for women in music. Grown-up girl style. Wainwright is best known for her rich contralto voice, intensely personal lyrics, and an innovative approach to song. Hard to categorize, her musical style melds the best of rock, folk, jazz, and blues to create a soulful hybrid. Her personal appearances are forceful and uplifting, her stage persona self-described as "we take our audience on a journey; we come in full tilt and do our show." "Exploring everything from childhood to September 11th, the trio delivers songs in what is not only a well-timed display of musical cohesion but also a full-throttle emotional ride," wrote The Washington Post. Born into a highly acclaimed musical family (youngest sister to Loudon Wainwright, auntie to Rufus Wainwright) Sloan's teenage years were largely influenced by a constant flow of diverse artists, writers and musicians. She learned to play the piano and watched her brother Loudon, 11 years older--and the father of Rufus and Martha-- become successful. Writing and performing, throughout the Greenwich Village hipster scene, Sloan developed her own unique style. In the mid 90's Sloan began to collaborate with guitarist Stephen Murphy. From their instant creative synergy, a band was put together and within no time, Sloan released a self-titled debut CD in 1996 n ‘Sloan Wainwright'. The CD was a critical success and introduced the music to a national audience. The Sloan Wainwright Band followed with a second release in 1998. A tribute in memory of her mother Martha, entitled ‘From Where You Are'. The third band release -- in early 2001 -- ‘The Song Inside' is a pivotal work in its merging of traditionally based folk music and more eccentric, creatively evolved variations - sometimes suggesting a stylistic crossroad of Bonnie Raitt and Kate Bush. The current CD release, entitled Cool Morning, sees Sloan take on a myriad of musical challenges. Songs like "Word of The Day" showcase her unique singing voice and vocal styling. One of the most memorable cuts on the CD is her rendition of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name." Her performance of this classic not only radiates the greatness of the song, but also gives the listener the clear vision of Sloan as a modern day interpreter of lyrics and music. For Cool Morning, Sloan teamed up once again with her band mates Stephen Murphy (guitar) and Cary Brown (piano) with production and drum credits going to well-known New York City session musician Joe Bonadio (Martin Sexton, Avril Lavigne, Shawn Colvin). Bonadio, best known as a diverse and musical drummer, stepped into the producers chair to allow Sloan more room to concentrate on delivering her brand of compelling vocal stylings.