Saturday, October 26, 2019
With John David Williams
In the decades which book-ended the turn of our century, Lotus Wight embraced the music over which he had obsessed since his childhood. He dwelled in the cradles of their conception and birth. The Carolinas, the Mississippi Valley, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New England fed him the sounds of tradition and helped to form his musical life.
Known for his soulful singing and inimitable playing of guitar and banjo, Lotus’ remarkable live performances always include something unusual. If it is jaw-harp, an old forgotten chant or a bass harmonica on a chest-rack, Wight will always find a unique way to present the work that he clearly loves so much. Wight will always surprise his audience with his ability to move through the American musical cannon with remarkable originality in his delivery and instrumentation.
He is a singer of pre-war blues and banjo songs. Between these seemingly distant cousins, Lotus Wight travels these analogous roads and delivers his music in a seamless and well-curated mix.
Lotus is also a member of the international touring act Shesesham, Lotus and Son and has produced recordings for children’s television, animation projects, and JUNO award winner Jenny Whiteley.