A true pro - winner of so many awards there’s not enough room to list them. You won’t want to miss this excellent performer.
About Rupert Wates
Wates cultivates a profound sound that is as unique in lyrics as it is powerful in music and voice. Rupert Wates’ music epitomizes songwriting in intimate and all-embracing forms. His masterful songs are soulful, sensuous, and resonate with issues of our time and those of bygone eras. Throughout his career, Wates has been a polestar for biographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. He has eloquently written songs of joy and sorrow; an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. His genre resembles that of Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan; his guitar playing would remind one of Leo Kottke. He has released 9 solo CDs, as well as two full-length tribute albums to his work, and has won over forty songwriting and performance awards. He has been a full-time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album `Blue Afternoons` (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. He has since written covers for six artists. Wates tours internationally, performing an average of 120 shows a year. He lives in New York and Colorado and was born and raised in England, where he attended Oxford.
“A prime figure in American music.”
— Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
“This is one gifted S.O.B. If you’re not hip to this guy, you’re missing a lot.”
— Mark S. Tucker, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
“Narrative storytelling is superb – even by the highest folk music standards.”
— Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel
Discography: The Lights of Paris, Colorado Mornings, Nightwatchers with Bartosz Hadala, At the Losers’ Motel, Coast to Coast, Dear Life, Rank Outsiders Ball, Joe’s Café, Sweet or Bitter Wine