Sound Observations With Gary Wright

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:53
Posted in category Interviews, Past Shows

By David Moye

If a musician has a chance to be experience even one piece of pop history, they should consider themselves lucky.

Gary Wright has is very very very lucky indeed.

Gary Wright performs at Anthology on Friday, February 18th

Gary Wright performs at Anthology on Friday, February 18th

Not only is Wright a permanent part of the pop culture canon thanks to his 1976 hit, “Dream Weaver,” which was reprised to hilarious effect in the 1992 movie, “Wayne’s World,” but he has also party to other pieces of rock greatness.

To whit:

* That’s Wright playing piano on Harry Nilsson’s No. 1 hit, “Without You.”
* Wright can be heard all over George Harrison’s landmark album, “All Things Must
* Wright has been apart of a few of Ringo Starr’s All-Star tours.
* Wright was a key member of the 1960s rock group Spooky Tooth.

But the music business is funny. Much of his fame is due to his work more than 30 years ago, but, like many musicians, his work has evolved and, he says, improved.

“Popular success is determined by a lot of factors: The right song at the right time for the right audience,” he said. “But it doesn’t always mean the best work artistically. I am a better singer now than when I did ‘Dream Weaver.’

“My technique is better, and I have the confidence to talk with people more than I did.”

That confidence spreads to his latest CD, “Connected,” which was released last summer. The album features contributions from Starr, Joe Walsh as well as Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers alum Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.

Now Wright will be bringing his band to Anthology on February 18 and while Starr, Walsh and Baxter won’t be with him, he is getting some familial support.

“It’s a five-piece and my sister, Lorna Lee, sings background,” Wright said. “She’s been working since the late 1960s and is married to one of Mike + The Mechanics.”

Wright is a pioneer in the use of synthesizers in rock and remembers when he needed a whole array of keyboards on stage in order to get his unique sounds.

Nowadays, he can get those sounds in one keyboard, but admits he only does that in concert.

“I still have all my old keyboards in my studio,” he said. “I still use the mini Moog that provided the bass on ‘Dream Weaver.’ Modern keyboards are great replicating sounds like strings, but those old keyboards have sounds that can’t be duplicated.”

WHAT: Gary Wright
WHEN: Friday, February 18th, 2011 – 7:30 & 9:30pm
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