Bassist Victor Wooten, a mainstay with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, will release two new CDs on his VIX label on Sept. 25. Words and Tones is described as a collection of 14 tracks (12 new original tracks and two cover songs) featuring female vocalists, while Sword and Stone is an instrumental CD.
Both recordings were produced, engineered and mixed by Wooten primarily at Vix Mix Studios in Nashville. On both CDs, Wooten performs on fretless and acoustic bass guitars, cello, keyboards and percussion. He also wrote string arrangements and contributes vocals. The vocalists on Words & Tones include Saundra Williams, Divinty Roxx, Claudette Sierra and Krystal Peterson, the newest member of Wooten’s touring band. Me’shell Ndegeocello contributes a vocal and bass performance and the set also features a duet with Joey Kibble and Cheryl Morse.
Sword & Stone features instrumental rendition of the recordings from Words and Tones, with new arrangements, solos, instruments and musicians. Each CD features a few songs not found on the other.
Wooten will tour this fall, including a string of dates co-headlining with the Jimmy Herring Band in November. The touring ensemble includes Wooten on electric, tenor and upright basses, cello, guitar and vocals; Krystal Peterson on vocals, keyboards and drums; J. D. Blair on vocals and drums; Derico Watson on vocals and drums; Anthony Wellington on bass, keyboards & vocals; Steve Bailey on bass, keyboards, trombone and vocals; and Dave Welsch on bass, trumpet, keyboards and vocals.
Aug 4 Telluride Jazz Telluride, CO
Sep 1 Gateway BBQ Gateway, CO
Sep 25 3rd and Lindsley Nashville, TN
Sep 26 Legends at Appalachian State Boone, NC
Sep 28 Revolution Music Room Little Rock, AR
Sep 29 Utopiafest/Four Sisters Ranch Utopia, TX
Sep 30 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
Oct 2 Slocomb Auditorium Pasadena, TX
Oct 3 Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
Oct 4 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra, FL
Oct 5 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 6 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL
Oct 7 State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL
Oct 10 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Oct 11 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington, IN
Oct 12 Canopy Club Urbana, IL
Oct 13 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
Nov 1 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC*
Nov 2 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA*
Nov 3 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC*
Nov 4 Carolina Theatre of Durham Durham, NC*
Nov 7 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC*
Nov 8 The National Richmond, VA*
Nov 9 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA*
Nov 10 ArtsQuest Bethlehem, PA*
Nov 11 BB King’s New York, NY*
Nov 16 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH*
Nov 17 Buffalo State PAC Buffalo, NY*
Nov 18 The Egg Albany, NY*
Nov 22 Riviera Maya Jazz Fest Playa del Carmen,MX
*Co-headline with Jimmy Herring Band
For more info, visit VictorWooten.com.