2017! Solo Concerts, Shotgun Wedding and the MOB!

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Hey folks. Thanks for stopping by.

A quick thank you once again to Jill Carletti-Merrill for updating my website yet again. With so much to keep on top of with web technology, I am grateful to have such a wizard helping me. You’ll see subtle changes, the “Live” calendar page and the contact page for example. And, that’s just on the surface. Jill’s amazing. Can’t thank her enough! Muah!

Loving playing our original “City Country” music with the amazing Shotgun Wedding (www.shotgunweddingnyc.com) and occasionally doing concerts with the Movin’ Out Band.

But there is nothing quite as liberating as the solo concerts I have been lucky enough to do.

I’ve done a bunch, but the Boiler Room at The Hawley Silk Mill (www.harmonypresents.com) has been one of the most gratifying concert venues I have ever played. And Jill and Jae have become dear friends. About three times a year we do two shows in one evening, 6 and 8:30pm, and they usually both sell out. Makes me feel great and it’s good for the venue. I have learned a great deal about my solo concert craft from having the opportunity to play to lovely Hawley audiences so many times, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Last year I had the honor of playing the first concert ever in a newly renovated Theater at North (www.thetheateratnorth.com). It was a thrill to play a close to sold out 800 seat theater solo. I had a BLAST! I could never thank Carrie enough for asking me to do it. And I’m doing it again, Feb 25, 2017. And we’ll be using the camera on the fingers again and the huge screen behind me and I’ll have some pictures and some new stories to tell. Can’t wait!

Shotgun Wedding’s debut CD SOUTH OF SOMEWHERE is out now, and, if I do say so myself, it’s really a good record (yeah, kids, that’s what we used to call ’em). I am so proud to be a member of this extraordinary band. We have some concerts coming up soon across the country, as well as some local NY shows, so be sure to check out the calendar to see if we are playing near you.

Thank you to the people of North Eastern PA for being so kind to me. I do enjoy living in this part of the country. I travel a lot and I am not home that often, but it’s always a pleasure to come back. I think you’re stuck with me for a while …

Happy New Year, Y’all! See you soon, I hope!




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Wade 1920's Cabriolet b&w

Welcome to the new wadepreston.com. Thanks to the tireless work of Jill Carletti (who also manages www.harmonypresents.com), I finally have my own website back. I can list performance dates, add pictures, news, links, commentary and who knows what all else, like I used to.

This is a big deal for two reasons. First, I did not have access to my own domain for years, so there was no way to tell you about upcoming events, post pictures or tell you about some of the very cool things that have been going on, which was awful because you were left out of the loop, and missed some pretty cool events that you might liked to have been aware of.

Secondly, you made it abundantly clear you wanted something to follow so you’d know where I was playing and what was going on with solo performances, The Movin’ Out Band, and the wonderful new “City Country” band that I’m in called Shotgun Wedding (www.shotgunweddingnyc.com). Well, I heard you, loud and clear, and I couldn’t agree more.

Now, with the help of Jill (who really did all the work) and her guy Jason Merrill, who’s expertise rescued us numerous times (including publishing this blog), it is finally a reality. I am eternally grateful to them and I am very excited about being in control of my own domain again. I have every intention of keeping you posted on everything that is going on with performances, recordings and whatever news I feel is relevant in my little musical universe. We are still in the early stages of getting it all together, but it’s here, and it’s only going to get better.

There is also a new fan page on FB:


And of course Twitter:



Thank you for listening, and thanks again for stopping by.


All my best,



1:42pm Monday, February 17, 2014