Published Nov 18, 2015Luther Wright's musical roots can be traced back to a 1990s jaunt in Kingston, ON-based punk band the Mugworts, but in the years since, he's moved on to something a little more, well, rootsy. Backed by Cam Giroux, Sean Kelly and Dan Curtis, Luther Wright and the Wrongs are set to unveil their latest album Hearts and Lonely Hunters next week, but before its official release, Exclaim! is giving you the chance to hear it in its entirety.
The record was produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, and it features guest vocals courtesy of Wright's former Weeping Tile bandmate Sarah Harmer.
Wright's rebellious country twang is matched with lush strings and accompanying keys, with moments of the musician's punk past giving way to a more emotionally mature heartfelt croon.
Tales of heartbreak ("Heart's for Breaking," "Broken Yesterdays") meld with music about making music ("Comeover and Jam," "Elvis"), existential crises ("Lucifer") and more down-to-earth ditties about everyday life ("Front Porch," "The Parking Lot Song"). Fun at times and heart-wrenching at others, Hearts and Lonely Hunters is a touching set of 13 tunes.
The album is officially out on November 25, and the occasion will be marked with a release show at Toronto's Cameron House that same evening. For now, though, give the full album an early listen in the player below.