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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