Gaines & Wagoner Present: An Evening with Gaines & Wagoner and some other people
Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been in-demand private instructors, session musicians and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. Together and separately, they are founding members of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups, past and present: Harmonious Wail (vintage jazz), The Common Faces (original “folk-soul”), The Bob Westfall Band (original “jazz-grass”), The Moon Gypsies (original Americana / Roots-Rock), The Stellanovas (“cafe jazz”) and Graminy (original “class-grass”). Regular work with other ensembles and artists has included: Randy Sabien’s “Fiddlehead” Band, Salt Creek (progressive Bluegrass band based in Milwaukee), The North Country Drifters (Western Swing), The Best Westerns (Western Swing), Honor Among Thieves (Original Rock) and performance and recording with singer/songwriters, Carrie Newcomer, Tret Fure, L.J. Booth, Whitney Mann, Josh Harty and Blake Thomas.
“Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines are masters of their craft…For more than three decades they’ve been the rug that holds the room together for an impressive canon of local, national and international artists…recording credits include everything from Madison’s own Harmonious Wail to singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer to Smashing Pumpkins’ 1991 genre-defining album Gish.” — THE ISTHMUS
“Pillars of the Madison music scene for decades, Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner—founding members of The Common Faces, The Moon Gypsies and The Stellanovas—return as Gaines & Wagoner with LO-Fi EP No. 1, six stripped down, old-timey and frolicking songs—enough to leave us hoping for a ‘No.2.’” —MADISON MAGAZINE