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All set for a new Cd  

November 2018.  I didn't expect to have a new Cd ready before spring 2019, but this year the writing has flowed and everything is now in place to for the recording.  Images for the artwork are complete, and feature location photos taken by the skilled new photo artist Stacey Lorin. Recording will be in early December at Kevin Kelly's Workshoppe East studios in Huntington NY.  The CD is to be entitled 'Full Circle' and it will be a kind of return to my roots, the only instrumentation being my voice and my guitar in a variety of open tunings.  It's intended partly a homage to the artists who first inspired me to go to the local store and buy a guitar, and whose example I've tried to follow all my life.  

Long Winter Is Coming On   

August 15 2017: We had a good afternoon at Sloan Song Studios, Zak Sloan's new studio in Castle Rock, CO. We recorded some demos and a version of my song 'Long Winter Is Coming On' featuring a brilliant guest vocal by Vivian Gail (, with myself on guitar and Charlie Milo on electric bass.  The song takes a sober look at contemporary America.  A version featuring my own vocal will be included on my upcoming CD, 'The Lights Of Paris', to be recorded this fall in New York City.  Please enjoy the attached MP3.  Best to all, Rupert 

Material for new CD progressing   

March 2017 I now have 9 or 10 tracks complete towards a new CD, which I aim to record either fall 2017 or early 2018.  Demos were recorded on March 20 at Alex Sterling's Precision Sound Studios on the Upper West Side of New York City.  The title of the album is to be 'The Lights Of Paris'.  Paris for me has always symbolized the need we all have for beauty and art in our lives, and its lights are therefore to me a symbol of hope in a dark world.  Attached is a demo MP3 of a new song, 'The Day The Great Ship Went Down'.  The song was written during the week of the Presidential inauguration here in America.  Perhaps this says enough.  Best to all for spring, Rupert   

All set on the new CD: COLORADO MORNINGS  

All is set and ready to go for the recording of Rupert Wates' new CD, 'Colorado Mornings', Feb 15-18 2016, at Phase One Studios in Toronto. The album comprises 12 acoustic love songs, and its backdrop is the beautiful landscape of Colorado. Watch this space for previews. Best to all in 2016, Leo and Rupert and all at BiteMusic Ltd

(Album photo credit: Yellow Feather Photography, Salida, CO)

Material for new CD completed 

I may get a windfall over the next few months, but as of July I feel I can say that the writing for my upcoming CD is now complete.  It's taken almost exactly one year.  The final 12 songs have been taken from a pool of 15.  The album is to be called Colorado Mornings, and it's probably the most integrated and organic album I've ever written.  Recording will be in February 2016 at Phase One in Toronto.  In addition to myself, it will feature all the usual suspects: Bartosz Hadala on piano, Trifon Dimitrov on bass, and Chris Howard on percussion.  Engineering will again be by Jeff Pelletier.  Photos for the artwork were taken this July in Colorado by Beth Grimes.  Graphic design for the CD will be by Dan Forero.  I'm hopeful that it together we'll make a beautiful album.  Best regards for fall, Rupert    


Rupert Wates was honored this week to receive a copy of 'Crazy Puzzle', an album recorded by Nashville based singer and performer Roxie Rogers, which consists entirely of songs from Rupert's songwriting catalog.  This is the first time an independent artist has recorded an entire album of Rupert's songs.  Roxie has plans to launch the album at a venue TBC in London, England.  Previews will be available soon.  

A start made on material for a new album  

After a long break since completing 'The Rank Outsiders Ball' in late 2013, over the summer I began writing songs again towards a new album.  It will be an album of acoustic love songs.  I aim to compile the material over the next six to eight months, with a view to recording the album in early 2016.  Attached to this post is a sample demo of a song from the new material, entitled 'Fear Of Flying', written in August and recorded on 09 30 14 at Alex Sterling's studio on the Upper West Side of New York City (  I hope listeners will enjoy it.  Very best for fall, Rupert   

Preview newly recorded CD 'The Rank Outsiders Ball' 

Award-winning singer songwriter guitarist Rupert Wates new CD album The Rank Outsiders Ball previewThe recording of my new CD, The Rank Outsiders Ball, at Phase One Studios in Toronto went even better than I'd hoped. Tracking and mixing of all 14 songs were completed in four days. Jeff Pelletier did an outstanding job of engineering. The band, comprising Bartosz Hadala (keyboards), Trifon Dimitrov (double bass) and Chris Howard (percussion), played brilliantly.

Mastering will be at AIRSHOW in Boulder, Colorado, and manufacture by DMA in Vancouver. Release is scheduled for early March with a launch at The Underground in New York City.

Meantime, click here to hear some some of the songs from the album: Drowned, The Lost Ones, The Man Afraid Of Shadows, Until We Meet Again, The Rank Outsiders Ball and The Entertainer

– Rupert

(Photo: Nicole Mago)

First sell-out run achieved 

December 2013. It took eighteen months, but I've achieved my first SOLD OUT run: of all 1,000 copies of my 2012 CD At The Losers' Motel.  Most units were sold hand to hand at gigs, in company with copies of my other four solo CDs.  Individual tracks are still available for download at CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify and other online stores. Taking the album's place will be my new CD, The Rank Outsiders Ball.  It's to be recorded in February at Phase One Studios in Toronto and will be available from early March.  

Best regards to all for the Holidays,
– Rupert

New CD recording set for February at Phase One Studios in Toronto 

Phase One Studios in Toronto, Canada are lined up for the recording of my new CD, Feb 5-9 2014.  The album is to be called The Rank Outsiders Ball and comprises 14 new songs written over the last year.  Personnel on the disc will be myself on voice and guitar, Bartosz Hadala on keyboards, Trifon Dmitrov on double bass and Chris Howard on hand drums. I'm looking forward to making a great sound.

Best to all,
– Rupert


Introducing The Nightwatchers 

I've begun an exciting new project with my good friend, virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala. We're forming a piano/guitar duo with the aim of touring Europe in 2014. We're calling ourselves The Nightwatchers. This week we recorded six demos towards the project at Rogue Studios in Toronto. Dave Turner will be putting together a new website for us in the next couple of weeks. It will include song samples, bios and a live video made in Hamilton, Ontario. In the meantime here's a sample track from the new demos (click here to listen). It's a song I wrote with my brother Matt some years back, entitled (When I Get Over) To California.

Best to all,
– Rupert

Tour going well, sixth CD taking shape – hear a sample track 

It's been a busy year of touring so far, with more than 150 gigs on my calendar. Meanwhile, plans are taking shape for my 6th CD, to be recorded in February 2014. I've been looking at studios in Toronto, New Orleans and other parts of the States. Guest musicians will be Trifon Dmitrov (bass), Chris Howard (percussion), and Bartosz Hadala (keyboards). The engineer will be Chris Medrano, who did such a great job on "Joe's Cafe" and "At The Losers' Motel." It will be a thrill and a pleasure for me to work with such wonderful musicians and such good friends. Like my other CDs, the album will feature only original songs.

I've already written more than a dozen towards the album, and I've recorded demos at two great Brooklyn studios: Wash And Dry and Godelstring. In sound, the album will be a departure from the folk/fingerpicking style of my earlier CDs. It will be closer to Vaudeville, Cabaret and Jazz.

Click here to listen to a sample of a brand new song, "Suspend Our Disbelief (A Little Longer)".

Best to all for summer and fall,
– Rupert