🎶 Groovin’ all day Wong to The Optimist 🎶
Think you don’t know who Cory Wong is? Odds are, you may. He’s become a staple in the rotating lineup of legendary funk group Vulfpeck, jams with Ben Rector, and, of course, his notable project, The Cory Wong Band, who just released a brand new album, The Optimist.
Wong enlisted support from his regular Vulfpeck collaborator, Antwaun Stanley, as well as Sonny Thompson, The Hornheads (Prince’s backing band), Robbie Wulfsohn (Ripe), and Ben Rector to help record the 7-song album. His jazzy, funky, progressive guitar sounds dominate each song, forcing the listener to move and groove… all day Wong.
While Wong’s more recent works with Vulfpeck, The Fearless Flyers, and The Cory Wong Band continue the pattern of playing the music he wants to play, it’s also not difficult to see why he is rising to such prominence on the national scene, or to imagine that this EP is just another step in the evolution of America’s consciousness surrounding his work. Wong is known for his pristine and rhythmically-oriented lead guitar style, his animated performances, and his charming onstage demeanor, all of which he will bring to NCMF.
Wong is currently on tour in the U.S. in support of The Optimist with European dates booked in October. He is also making an appearance with Vulfpeck to perform for us on Saturday, September 1. Tickets are still available but are moving quickly!