Rupert Wates – Lamentations
Format: CD – Digital
Label: Bite Music
Release: 2020

Release Date December 4, 2020

The carousel of birth and death, seen through the eyes of a child, and the challenge of love in a time of breaking: these are the themes of Rupert Wates’ latest CD ‘Lamentations’.
Recorded in a single evening, with no overdubs, and featuring only Wates’ voice and his guitar, the album captures the organic quality of a solo live performance. Its twelve songs showcase the full flowering of a master songwriter at the peak of his powers.

photo by Dan Tappan

Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based in the US since 2007. He is the winner of well over 40 songwriting and performing awards. He has released ten solo CDs – Sweet Or Bitter Wine (2005), Coast To Coast (2007), Dear Life (2008), Joe’s Café (2010), At The Losers’ Motel (2012), The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), Colorado Mornings (2016), The Lights Of Paris (2017), Full Circle (2019) and Lamentations (2020).

He signed a publishing deal with Eaton Music (London) in 1994 and has been a full-time songwriter ever since.

In 2018 he performed as a Finalist in the Kerrville New Song Folk Contest and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival. More than 25 of his songs have been covered by other artists, including two full length tribute albums to his material recorded by independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles.

He averages 120 live shows a year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe.

In 2010 Wates released Joe’s Café, an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album’s warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

Joe’s Café has been presented very successfully at Festivals throughout North America, and in other venues in New York City and in the Southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Despite Wates’ British background, and underpinning the universality of his music’s appeal, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him “a prime figure in American music” and goes on: “This is one gifted sonofabitch… If you’re not hip to this guy yet you’re missing out.”

01. The Carnival Waltz
02. Waiting for a Friend of Mine
03. In Time of Breaking
04. California One
05. From Where You Are
06. Many Miles to Morning
07. Don’t Leave Me Now
08. And You Shall Have the World
09. Now the Harvest
10. Lamentations
11. Farewell and Adieu
12. I’ll Never Tire of Looking (In Your Eyes)

All songs written by Rupert Wates

Website: Rupert Wates