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New recording honors Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Wynans’ unforgettable work with Double Trouble

Moore joins an All-Star guest lineup including Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Jack Pearson (Allman Brothers), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb’ Mo’, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), along with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble, and many more!

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Nashville, Tenn. – The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore was announced as a guest collaborator on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, and world-renowned Nashville-based keyboardist, Reese Wynans first-ever solo album, Sweet Release. Moore makes his guest appearance on the album’s first single, “Crossfire,” providing his signature vocals on the classic song, once sung by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

“Playing music with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble for five years was an outrageous experience. I loved every minute of it,” shares Wynans. “It was a real treat getting to play a couple of our old songs with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. When we were writing this, someone said it reminded them of a Sam & Dave groove. Joe suggested we ask Sam Moore to sing it.”

To celebrate the announcement, the first single “Crossfire“, a tribute to the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Wynans’ work with Double Trouble, is available as a free song download on Reese and Joe’s websites (reesewynans.com and jbonamassa.com respectively).

“I was crazy about Stevie Ray. Losing him in the helicopter crash was heartbreaking,” said Moore. “I had the great pleasure of spending some time with him when we both performed on the 1989 George H.W. Bush Inaugural Concert my wife produced. He was there with Reese/Double Trouble and his brother Jimmy. I’m honored to pay tribute to him.”

Sweet Release is a collection of songs honoring a paramount selection of blues-rock legends. The long anticipated album comes following a career that’s spanned over 50 years and literally hundreds of historical collaborations. Sweet Release also serves as Joe Bonamassa’s inaugural credit as a producer. Bonamassa has long been a fan of Wynans’ work, urging him to create a solo album and championing the project as producer. The album is available for pre-order on reesewynans.com, jbonamassa.com and available on all major music services and will be in stores on March 1st.

The fact is Reese Wynans is everywhere. For a full half-century, Wynans has been the engine-room behind America’s greatest roots music. With Sweet Release, this modest legend has delivered the long-awaited solo album that puts his own name top of the bill and places his world-class talent in the spotlight. “I’ve never had an album out with my name on it before,” he considers, “so I’m very excited. I’d like this record to make people feel happy and celebrate the music. Because that’s what we were doing…”

“Reese inspires me every day,” Bonamassa professes. “He encouraged me and was the heart and soul of the entire session. All the guest artists performed brilliantly and totally brought their best stuff from the very down beat. It was not lost on Reese nor me how blessed we were to work with such talent. All I know is what I know … I love the man… He is as gracious and a gentleman as he is talented and an icon.”

Scan the history books and he’s there on every page: a vital strand of rock ‘n’ roll DNA, present at a thousand cultural flashpoints. Over the last five decades, you might have found him cutting his teeth with the early nucleus of the Allman Brothers Band or taking the stage with Boz Scaggs. Maybe you remember him bringing on the rise of Outlaw Country in Austin with Jerry Jeff Walker or saving the ’80s blues scene with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble or most recently bringing his blues to the people with Joe Bonamassa. Adding his thumbprint on piano and B3, Reese has worked with the likes of Larry Carlton, Delbert McClinton, Los Lonely Boys, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Buddy Guy – and many more. Not to mention, his roughly 500 live shows with Willie Nelson, unforgettable performance with Captain Beyond for the Sufficiently Breathless record, and three albums with Carole King.

“These songs are windows back into different eras and different times of my career,” explains Wynans. “It’s a collection of the songs I’ve played with musicians in the past, and it shines a light on blues artists that I think need a little bit more recognition.”

In the late-’60s, Wynans was playing alongside future blues-rock royalty in Florida up-and-comers, the Second Coming. “Dickey Betts was one of our guitar players and our bass player was Berry Oakley,” he says. “Duane Allman was in Muscle Shoals at the time and would come down on a weekend and sit in with us. For Sweet Release, we covered the old Les Dudek song, “Take The Time”, which reminds me of being back in Jacksonville during the dawn of that Southern rock era.”

Other songs salute the ’70s, when the keys man could be found flanking Boz Scaggs as the rising songwriter established his reputation on the West Coast. For Wynans, “Sweet Release” of Scaggs’ acclaimed catalogue shone brightest, and decades later, it gives Sweet Release its title track.

Of course, the Sweet Release track listing wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the great Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1985, Wynans’ world changed forever when the iconic Texas bluesman drafted him into the Double Trouble band for the era-defining Soul To Soul and In Step albums. “It was unbelievable to play on a stage with those guys,” he remembers. “I have to tell you that I hardly ever heard Stevie play a bad note. He was on his game every single night. The Stevie songs on Sweet Release – “Crossfire”, “Say What!”, “Riviera Paradise” and “Hard To Be” – are our tribute to him.”

In 1990, SRV’s tragic death robbed the blues world of an all-time great and Wynans of a cherished friend. But the keys man bravely brushed himself off and walked on, soon becoming one of Nashville’s most in-demand players with credits for headline acts including Lee Roy Parnell, Brooks & Dunn and Hank Williams Jr.

In 2015, the seed of a solo album was planted when post-millennial blues master Joe Bonamassa called up with a tantalizing offer. “He wanted to do a series of shows at Red Rocks where we would feature the music of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters,” says Wynans. “And y’know, that’s right up my alley. So things went on from there.”

Now, Sweet Release feels like a musician coming home. Wynans was already a familiar face at Ocean Way: the Nashville studio where he’d previously added fairy-dust to endless tracks for other artists. And when sessions began for his own solo album, it was a joy to reconnect with the Double Trouble rhythm section of Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) – plus modern guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Meanwhile, Bonamassa lent his own famed guitar skills to SRV moments like “Riviera Paradise”.

Throughout his celebrated career, the one omission on Wynans’ résumé was that this fabled keys man had never released a solo record – until now. Sweet Release is a glorious collision of stellar musicianship, classic material given fresh mojo, and a glittering roll-call of star guests that confirms the deep respect Wynans commands on the scene.

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For more information on Sweet Release, visit ReeseWynans.com

Sweet Release Tracklisting:

  1. Crossfire
  2. Say What
  3. That Driving Beat
  4. You’re Killing My Love
  5. Sweet Release
  6. Shape I’m In
  7. Hard To Be
  8. Riviera Paradise
  9. Take The Time
  10. So Much Trouble
  11. I’ve Got The Right To Be Blue
  12. Soul Island
  13. Blackbird

Special Guests and Musician Credits:

Crossfire:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Sam Moore – Vocals
Chris Layton – Drums
Tommy Shannon – Bass
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Guitars
Jack Pearson – Guitar
The Texacali Horns:
Darrell Leonard – Trumpet
Joe Sublett – Saxophone

Say What!:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Chris Layton – Drums
Tommy Shannon – Bass
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Guitar

That Driving Beat:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Mike Farris – Lead Vocals
Paulie Cerra – Lead Vocals & Saxophone
Josh Smith – Guitar
Jack Pearson – Guitar

You’re Killing My Love:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Lamar Carter – Drums
Travis Carlton – Bass
Doyle Bramhall II – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Josh Smith – Guitar
Lee Thornburg – Trumpet
Paulie Cerra – Saxophone & Arrangement
Mahalia Barnes – Vocals
Jade MacRae – Vocals
Juanita Tippins – Vocals

Sweet Release:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar
Josh Smith – Guitar
Mahalia Barnes – Choir
Jade MacRae – Choir
Juanita Tippins – Choir
Paulie Cerra – Horns and Arrangement
Lee Thornburg – Horns

Lead Vocals in order:
Paulie Cerra
Keb’ Mo’
Mike Farris
Jimmy Hall
Bonnie Bramlett
Vince Gill
Warren Haynes
Paulie Cerra

Shape I’m In:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Chris Layton – Drums
Tommy Shannon – Bass
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Noah Hunt – Lead Vocals
Josh Smith – Guitar
Jack Pearson – Guitar
Steve Mackie – Additional Bass

Hard To Be:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Bonnie Bramlett – Lead Vocals
Jimmy Hall – Lead Vocals
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Josh Smith – Guitar
Joe Bonamassa – Baritone Guitar
Jack Pearson – Guitar
Lee Thornburg – Horns
Paulie Cerra – Horns and arrangement

Riviera Paradise
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Chris Layton – Drums
Tommy Shannon – Bass
Steve Mackie – Fretless Bass
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Guitars, Solo 1
Joe Bonamassa – Guitars, Solo 2
Jack Pearson – Guitar
Jeff Bova Orchestrations

Take The Time:
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Warren Haynes Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar
Mahalia Barnes – Vocals
Jade MacRae – Vocals
Juanita Tippins – Vocals

So Much Trouble
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Joe Bonamassa – Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Jack Pearson – Guitar
Mike Henderson – Harmonica

I’ve Got A Right To Be Blue
Reese Wynans- Keyboards
Keb’ Mo’- Guitar & Lead Vocals

Soul Island
Reese Wynans – Keyboards
Lamar Carter – Drums
Travis Carlton – Bass
Josh Smith – Lead Guitar
Jack Pearson – Guitar
Paulie Cerra – Saxophone

Blackbird
Reese Wynans- Grand Piano

About The Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore:
The first 20-plus years of Sam Moore’s sensational career began by lending his unmistakable lead vocals to soul duo Sam & Dave. The 1967 smash hit “Soul Man,” catapulted the duo’s career up the Pop and R&B Charts, selling more than 10 million records worldwide and ultimately an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Moore also scored critical acclaim and numerous awards as a solo artist for more than 35 years, performing at some of the world’s most iconic and notable venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, Royal Albert Hall, Nippon Budokan, The John F. Kennedy Center, The White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Moore has recently joined Florida International University (FIU) as an Artist in Residence for their Center of Humanities to build a program around the artist histories that shaped our culture through music.

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Sam Moore Media Contact:
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, jason@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x801

Reese Wynans & Joe Bonamassa Media Contact:
Jim Merlis, jim@bighassle.com, 212-619-1360