On Hearts And Lonely Hunters, the seventh release from Luther Wright And The Wrongs, the Canadian alt-country iconoclasts once again take the road less traveled, thanks in large measure to longtime producer Hugh Christopher Brown (Chris Brown & Kate Fenner, Bourbon Tabernacle Choir). The album is out officially on Jan. 15, 2016 through Wright’s own Snakeye Muzak, distributed in Canada through Outside Music, with vinyl LPs available in February.
Although the band’s traditional country roots remain the album’s foundation, the sound is augmented with lush string arrangements, keys and exquisite backing vocals by Sarah Harmer, Wright’s former Weeping Tile partner. Wright’s trademark wit and innate punk rock attitude is likewise counterbalanced with heartfelt crooning and classic country themes. Along with Harmer’s contributions, Hearts And Lonely Hunters also features appearances by the legendary Holmes Brothers and one of New York City’s finest rhythm sections, Tony Scherr and Anton Fier.
Luther Wright has been writing, recording and performing music for over 20 years. He started out in the Kingston, Ontario garage/punk outfit The Mugworts with his brother Geordie, and in 1994 joined Weeping Tile, one of the seminal Canadian bands of the decade.
During time off from their five years of touring and recording, Wright and Weeping Tile drummer Cam Giroux joined compadres Sean Kelly and Dan Curtis to form Luther Wright And The Wrongs. Known worldwide for Rebuild The Wall, their brilliantly executed, Roger Waters-endorsed country/bluegrass reworking of Pink Floyd’s classic The Wall, Wright and The Wrongs’ catalogue of acclaimed original music includes the albums Man Of Your Dreams (2008) and Guitar Pickin’ Martyrs (2003). Wright also had his songs featured in filmmaker Ron Mann’s documentary on Woody Harrelson, Go Further, and has continues to regularly collaborate with many Canadian and American artists.