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Reese Wynans

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Biography

Reese Wynans is everywhere. Scan the history books and he’s there on every page: a vital strand of rock ‘n’ roll DNA, present at a thousand cultural flashpoints. Over the last five decades, you might have found him cutting his teeth with the early nucleus of the Allman Brothers Band. Taking the stage with Boz Scaggs. Bringing on the rise of Outlaw Country in Austin with Jerry Jeff Walker. Saving the ’80s blues scene with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. Bringing the blues to the people with Joe Bonamassa. Adding his thumbprint on piano and B3 to the work of Larry Carlton, Delbert McClinton, Los Lonely Boys, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Buddy Guy – and hundreds more. Not to mention roughly 500 live shows with Willie Nelson, his unforgettable 1973 performance with Captain Beyond for the Sufficiently Breathless record, and three albums with Carole King.

Wynans, born November 28, 1947, grew up in Sarasota, Florida with six siblings. As a child he took piano lessons and found he truly enjoyed it. He went on to graduate from Sarasota High School before attending Florida State University, where he formed his first rock band The Prowlers. Soon after, in the late-60s, he found himself playing alongside future blues-rock royalty in Florida up-and-comers, the Second Coming. The band included two future founding members of The Allman Brothers – Dickey Bettes and Berry Oakley.

He continued to perform with a variety of bands on the east and west coasts throughout the early 70s, including with Boz Scaggs who helped establish Wynans’ reputation on the West Coast.

In 1985, his world changed forever when Stevie Ray Vaughan, the iconic Texas bluesman, drafted him into the Double Trouble band for the era defining Soul To Soul and In Step albums. “It was unbelievable to play on a stage with those guys,” he remembers. “I have to tell you that I hardly ever heard Stevie play a bad note. He was on his game every single night.”

In 1990, Vaughan’s tragic death robbed the blues world of an all-time great and Wynans of a cherished friend. But the keys man bravely brushed himself down and walked on, moving to Nashville in 1992, where he soon become one of the city’s most in-demand players with credits for headline acts including Lee Roy Parnell, Brooks & Dunn and Hank Williams Jr.

In 2014 and 2015, as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band & Double Trouble, Wynans was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame, Austin City Limits, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also in 2014, he joined blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s band and shortly thereafter, a conversation began about Wynans’ long overdue solo venture.

Now, with a celebrated career that spans over 50 years, Wynans is releasing his first ever solo album titled Sweet Release. The record is a glorious collision of stellar musicianship, classic material given fresh mojo and a glittering roll-call of star guests – including Keb’ Mo’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Warren Haynes, with Joe Bonamassa on production – that confirms the deep respect Wynans deserves for his talents.

For more on Reese Wynans, visit reesewynans.com.

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