Keeping it rail earns duo plaudits

Michael Wright and The Wright /Wragg Blues Project
Michael Wright and The Wright /Wragg Blues Project
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THERE’S little doubt Mike Wright and Chris Wragg will work together in the future after amassing kind words for their debut EP together – but it has taken 10 years.

Ride The Rail – the first output by The Wright/Wragg Blues Project – has figured on the reviewing schedules of several respected blues publications.

It’s the first of two sets of material in different genres conspired by Wright, a musician based in Greystones district of Sheffield.

Ride The Rails is an EP of original blues tracks, a collaboration with guitar-playing pal Chris, which they are hoping to take out live.

“We are rehearsing currently with bass and drums,” says Mike, who aims to get the band out later this month. “As Chris and myself split all recording between ourselves and my producer pal Will Langdale in Worksop we needed to recruit some personnel for live work.

“The background to the tracks is basically that I had not been playing blues for a long time and was playing jazz guitar with some guys in Glossop when Will asked me to look at some fragments of ideas he had.

“These were small loops/hooks etc. I took these ideas, expanded and added to them and structured them into songs, then wrote lyrics and melodies.

“I wanted to play mainly acoustic guitar, slide guitar and vocals but wanted some striking electric blues lead on there. Plus I wanted to work with another guitar player as I thought it would be more interesting.”

So Mike revived his partnership with Chris, who he’d not worked with for more than 10 years.

“I set about tracking him down and he came on board straight away. And his enthusiasm for all things blues has rekindled my love of it.”

Ride The Rail comprises four laid-back tracks – Sugar Daddy, Jim Beam, Last Chance and the title track – and is on sale in Record Collector, Broomhill. Watch this space for gigs.