Wayne Haught LIVE at Last
A Fingers CD release show!
November 22, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
Free / All ages
“Wayne Haught is a great songwriter, and he’s got one of the best, I have to call it a country style voice, that I’ve ever heard. It’s sweet and true and right on pitch. I love it!” – Ray Edlund, KPFA Radio
Storytelling songwriter Wayne Haught (pronounced hot) delivers 10 dirt rich originals on Fingers. Produced by three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Peter Case, the record pleases with a tight spontaneous country feel. Sheldon Gomberg, who produced this year’s Grammy-winning Best Blues Album Get Up for Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, engineered Fingers at his Carriage House studio in Los Angeles. Featured players include Don Heffington (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Lone Justice) on drums, David Steele (John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle) on guitar, and Greg Leisz (k d lang, Eric Clapton, Bill Frisell) on dobro. Case played keyboards and sang back-up vocals. The album follows up Haught’s 2011 debut The Crying Kind.
Haught chooses words, images, and narratives carefully so as to make his songs of love, loss, community, joy, and death come alive in unexpected ways. Blind mariachis, Black Moses, crawling snakes, rhubarb pie, and tough old mama’s boys all make appearances on Fingers, but each serves as part of a larger musical vision that emphasizes shared experience, human connection, and common feelings.
Singing from a high lonesome place deep down in his soul, Haught finds the emotional heart in each of Fingers’ tracks. Whether he’s delivering wailing almost bluegrass, dark-tinged folk, infectious rockabilly, or bluesy talking-verse he engages listeners with a lived-in voice that makes whatever he is singing sound absolutely real.
Born and raised in small town Ohio, Wayne started learning guitar when he was 15 years old, playing and singing top-forty tunes and Bob Dylan songs. As a young man he moved to Oakland where he played in a series of bands rocking-up country music for roots-thirsty indie kids. He once headlined a sold out Berkeley all-ages club captivating the crowd while leading an all-star band that played nothing but Johnny Cash covers.
The former Oakland employment counselor, Berkeley senior center director, and public-speaking champ walked a less-traveled road. For twenty years he held jobs serving mostly low-income, over-65-year-old people of color. Along the way he met many unique characters and loving people who showed him that even when faced with adversity, poverty, and uncertainty it benefits all to be kind.
Wayne currently resides in the Eastern hills of Sonoma County, California.