I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Wyland here in the keys and had the privilege to debut Wyland’s Blues Plant 3 CD set with Wyland and Taj Mahal.
A Collection of Global Blues Music for Our Environment
Recorded in May 2011 in New Orleans at the famed Piety Street Recording following the one-year the anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, Blues Planet explores a new genre of “Global Blues” that spotlights environmental artist Wyland’s passion for conservation through the blues sounds of Memphis, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Delta. 100% of profits from digital downloads of “Dirty Oil” via iTunes will benefit National Wildlife Federation® efforts to help Gulf wildlife, waters, and communities recover from the BP oil spill disaster.
First official music video from Wyland Records new release, Blues Planet, performed by the Wyland Blues Planet Band, featuring Taj Mahal, Steve Turre, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Willie K and many more. 100% of profits from digital downloads of “Dirty Oil” via iTunes to benefit National Wildlife Federal® cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Full Blues Planet album available at http://www.wylandstore.com/dvd/cd/blu…
All editions of the three-volume CD set are now available at wylandstore.com! Includes words and music by Wyland and musical performances from more than thirty of today’s pre-eminent artists, such as:
- Blues Great Taj Mahal
- Blues Master Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers
- The Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Roger Lewis
- New Orleans Clarinetist Dr. Michael White
- Hawaii’s Willie K
- Steve Turre of NBC’s Saturday Night Live
- Delfeayo Marsalis
The Mississippi River Delta is home to one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems in the world and a thriving culture spanning generations. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill disaster impacted the lives of thousands of people and the ecological balance of the region. See first hand the impact and stories from the region — and artist Wyland’s efforts to interpret the disaster and its aftermath through this powerful assemblage of song and story.
A chronology of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster:
Blues Planet Review from Jazziz Magazine, Summer 2012
Produced by Wyland Records
Wyland Records was founded by marine life artist Wyland to inspire conservation through music. The label builds on the Wyland tradition of using the arts to encourage people from all walks of life to make a difference.
Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our
environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the
1980s. Wyland always thought big. And he never stopped.
Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of
awareness about environmental conservation. Through his unique marine life paintings,
sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance
of marine life conservation. His life – like his art – can find him anywhere around the
world, at any time, from the Antarctic ice shelf on a photo expedition to document
climate change to a grassroots journey down the Mississippi River on a mission of
The multi-faceted artist, scuba diver, educator, and explorer has hosted several
television programs, including, “Wyland’s Ocean World” series on the Discovery
Channel’s Animal Planet Network, “Wyland: A Brush With Giants” and “Wyland’s Art
Studio,” a series for national public television. His mission of engaging people through
nature-themed art and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle has led to strategic
alliances with such notable organizations as the United States Olympic Team, United
Nation Environment Program, and Walt Disney Studios, to name a few.
Wyland’s 100th and final Monumental Marine Life Mural, Hands Across the Oceans, a
24,000-square-foot, half-mile-long series of canvas murals with student artists from 110
countries, was displayed in October 2008 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and
honored by the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, White House Council on
Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. In May 2010, the United
Nations released six Wyland images for an international stamp issue celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
Since 1993, the non-profit Wyland Foundation has set the standard for environmental
outreach. In partnership with the United States Forest Service and National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Wyland is actively engaged in
teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of
our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands.
The enormous extent of Wyland public artworks (it is estimated that his murals are
viewed by more than a billion people every year), his award-winning art galleries, and
community service projects have made him one of the most recognized and beloved
artists in the nation. He is considered one of the most influential artists of the 21st
Century, with artwork in museums, corporate collections, and private homes in more
than one hundred countries.