Wyckham Porteous

 "Born in Victoria, British Columbia, and rarely straying from the West Coast of Canada ("The sole pinprick of temperate weather in all of Canada"), Wyckham Porteous realized very early in life that his path would be that of a writer and in particular a singer/songwriter.So he played a lot of festivals. He did his songs in the clubs. He logged a lot of miles. He did everything he was supposed to do. And finally, his break came when he wrote and starred in the hit play Joe's Cafe which enjoyed an extended run at Vancouver's prestigious Arts Club Theatre. Soon afterward, more out of romance than design, he and his long-time partner Patty Fraser, well known for her work in live theatre, wrote and performed a very cool radio play brimming with songs about these journeys for the nationwide Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Well, the CBC loved it... and everyone that mattered seemed to have tuned right in. Soon, an angel financed an '89 album that was picked up by Bryan Adams' management firm, and charted Top 20 on Canadian radio. Leading to a 17-song CD, independently distributed in Canada, and a slot on Rod Kennedy's Kerrville Festival, down Texas way......Teaching a songwriting school at Kerrville with Austin's country diva, Christine Albert, Wyckham managed to make a lasting impression. Not only on his students and on the ever-discriminating promoter (Rod immediately booked him for the main stage), but, as fate would have it, on his co-instructor, who snuck his demo into the baggage of her friend, Jimmy LaFave. She knew LaFave was on his way to visit Bohemia Beat chief Mark Shumate in Denver. When Jimmy got to Denver they listened to a few demos, got to the one labeled "Porteous" and pretty soon were both grinning like little kids. It was then that the hard-to-please Shumate whispered, "Maybe this one should have a credit like 'Produced By Jimmy LaFave'...." The voice from the rain had found a place in the sun. Wyckham's album 'Looking for Ground', was a milestone in his career. Recorded in Austin, Texas, and released in September 1995, it was greeted with rave reviews in Canada, the United States and a number of European countries, and was hailed as "a roots rock masterpiece" by the Associated Press. The album reached the Top Ten on the Gavin Report`s "Americana" chart, and was named Best Roots Traditional Album at the 1997 Pacific Music Industry Association`s annual West Coast Music Awards show. It was followed by 'In This World', his first album for Ragged Pup Records. Porteous decided to move away from the roots-oriented folk/rock of his first three albums, and explore new musical ground....Wyckham's first CD release of the new millennium is in some ways a major step forward for him, but done by way of a step back. While his previous recordings were about searching, 'sexanddrinking', recorded for Cordova Bay Records - reflecting a rockier sound, is about what he found. A travelogue, the album reflects what he has discovered during the journey, including what is good, what is bad and what is indifferent. Almost a throwback to the 60s, 'sexanddrinking' is a concept album with threads that crisscross and intertwine creating storylines with complex texture and vivid imagery. 'sexanddrinking' was nominated for Best Indie Release and Best Folk Release at the 2002 West Coast Music Awards. Wyckham was additionally honoured by being nominated for Musician of the Year." (from the website mentioned below)

LOCATION: Vancouver, Canada

GENRE: Rock/Pop

SUBGENRE: Singer-Songwriter/Roots Rock

INFLUENCES: Bob Dylan/John Lennon/John Hiatt/Steve Earle

ARTIST'S WEBSITE: www.wyckhamporteous.org


Wyckham Porteous

While Porteous' previous recordings were about searching, sexanddrinking is about what he found. A travelogue, the album reflects what he has discovered during the journey, including what is good, what is bad and what is indifferent. Almost a throwback to the 60s, sexanddrinking is a concept album with threads that crisscross and intertwine, creating storylines with complex texture and vivid imagery.

In 1989 a critic described Wyckham as "mercurial and enigmatic" suggesting that his career path would be on the eccentric side of the spectrum in what was a remarkable prophetic observation. Since then Wyckham has performed at festivals all over the world but has yet to do a major tour.

Like fellow songwriters Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, the time is right for people to discover an artist and talent that has been hidden for too long.

Wyckham Porteous
In This World








Truly one of Canada's finest performing songwriters, this breakthrough album has Wyckham at his best. Morris Tepper (Captain Beefheart, Frank Black, The Pixies) produced this 'work of art' using the best sh*t hot band on Canada's west coast.

Wyckham Porteous
Looking For Ground

used cd in near new conditon

"Looking For Ground is a roots-rock masterpiece, and album of real music for real people, a tonic for those who need a change from the increasingly bland and indistinguishable fare pushed as somehow alternative. Wyckham sounds a little like John Hiatt at times, the tips his hat to The Band, and, like everybody doing this roots-rock-folk-country thing, there's a lot of Bob Dylan going on there too. But you can argue about what influences went into the shimmering Please Do Not Call Me, the crunching title song, or the lovely 3 a. m. all day and it wouldn't change the fact that this is one great album." (Eric Fidler-Associated Press) ---- "Looking For Ground works on all levels. Wyckham Porteous is going to make it through talent, integrity of vision, and excellent songwriting skills. This is not some tag-along effort trying to find itself through imitation; this is a bona fide original that's going to find many appreciators before all is said and done.In the confines of rock 'n' roll, Porteous has written thirteen songs that roll as seamlessly from one to the next as any river metaphor could imply." (Martin Fullington-Music Reviews Quarterly) ---- "Very impressive.... His voice can be reminiscent of Robert Earl Keen, at other times there are echoes of Guy Clark, Prine, and Hiatt, but Porteous creates his own identity with striking imagery and melodies and a gift for phrasing." (John Conquest-Music City Texas)

The Players:
The Band of Tennesseeans
Wyckham Porteous - Acoustic guitar, vocals
Dan Smith - Guitars
Rob Becker - Bass
Ian McLagan - B-3
Stewart Cochran - Piano
David Bender - Drums

Guest Artists:
Paul Sweeny - Mandolin
Gene Elders - Violin
Mitch Watkins - Atmospheric guitar, acoustic guitar
Randy Glines - Harmonica
Michael Fracasso
Christine Albert
Gemma Cochran
Abra Moore
Jimmy Lafave
Julianne Banks (Glory)

Produced by Jimmy Lafave
Engineered by Fred Remmert @ Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, TX

Wyckham Porteous
could it be my road?

Arpeggio Records

rare used cd available in near new condition

Very Rare


Wyckham Porteous
Wyckham Porteous

1989 Penta Disc
Penta Disc PCD 10005

RARE!!! Discontinued and long out of print. Wyckham's debut CD.

1 used cd in (near new) condition