Wes Corbett is one of acoustic music’s most accomplished and melodic banjo pickers. Originally from Bainbridge Island Washington, he found his way east to Boston’s Berklee School of Music to teach in it’s recently minted Roots Music Program. He joined the string band Joy Kills Sorrow along the way while collaborating with this generation of all star players. He’s been part of many projects in acoustic music for a decade in New England. While he joined the roots exodus to Nashville two years ago, his presence is still strong due to his stints with Molly Tuttle and most recently, the Sam Bush Band!
Our segment begins with the first cut from his recently released album “Cascade” called “Boss Fight”. The conversation that follows is a mostly chronological inquiry about his influences, his peers and the amazing collaborations they’ve created. Topics include early piano lessons, meeting his future collaborators at an early age, and video game references. We talk Berklee School of Music heroes to Nashville tornadoes; producing some amazing young artists while learning all the Sam Bush songbook in a week. The final song we include is called “Dinosaur Party” where Wes confesses his continued fascination with Paleontology.
Give it a listen, or better yet, purchase a copy by this virtuosic band which includes Chris Eldridge, Sierra Hull, Paul Kowert, Alex Hargeaves, Casey Campbell and Simon Chrisman. “Cascade” is a great melodic listen and a long awaited entry into acoustic music history. Recommended.