Ann and Nancy Wilson, the founders of classic rock hit makers Heart, are currently pursuing individual side projects while Heart is on hiatus. Nancy has teamed up with Prince collaborator Liv Warfield to form Roadcase Royale, and Ann is touring as Ann Wilson of Heart. Here’s a closer look at each project.
Soulful lead singer Liv Warfield is known for her solo work and her association with Prince. Warfield was a member of Prince’s New Power Generation and featured on the Lotusflow3r album; Prince also produced her 2014 solo effort The Unexpected. Playing lead guitar for Roadcase Royale is Warfield band member Ryan Waters, otherwise the group is made up of members of Heart: Nancy Wilson on guitar and vocals, Ben Smith on drums, Chris Joyner on keyboards and Dan Rothchild on bass.
Roadcase Royale has played a few live dates and more are expected to be announced as summer approaches. The band has released a single called “Get Loud,” an earthy anthem about standing up for women’s equality. The band is encouraging fans to make #GetLoud protest signs to show at the DC March on May Day (May 1) and are also having a contest to find the best sign; details are on the band’s Facebook page and the winner gets a protest sign designed by Nancy Wilson.
Find more information on Roadcase Royale here.
Ann Wilson of Heart
Having completed the first leg of her tour, Ann Wilson will be back on the road mid-May through early July. Her band consists mostly of players she’s worked with in Heart or the Ann Wilson Thing: guitarist Craig Bartok, bass man Andy Stoller, drummer Denny Fongheiser and keyboards player Dan Walker.
Wilson is using the Ann Wilson of Heart shows to really stretch out, with a typical set list from earlier in the tour featuring a few Heart songs like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You” and “What About Love” and lots of covers ranging from Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up” to the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Manic Depression” along with cover versions of songs by the Who, Elvis Presley, the Black Crowes, Aretha Franklin, the Buffalo Springfield, Ray Charles and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
For a complete list of upcoming tour dates by Ann Wilson of Heart go here.