King Wilkie Takes to the Road for Summer & Spring

Zoë/Rounder recording artist  King  Wilkie  will hit the road this May for a string of  Spring  and  Summer  tour  dates that will include stops in New York,  Boston,  and  Chicago.  Tour  dates are listed below with more to come.

King Wilkie will release LOW COUNTRY SUITE June  26.  LOW  COUNTRY SUITE features eleven original songs produced by Jim Scott  (Tom  Petty, Dixie Chicks, and Red Hot Chili Peppers).

King Wilkie formed in 2003,  and  now  includes  Reid  Burgess  (Vocals, Mandolin, Ukulele, Organ, Piano,  Banjo,  Toy  Piano,  Marxophone), Jake Hopping (Upright Bass,  Percussion),  John  McDonald  (Vocals,  Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica), Ted  Pitney  (Acoustic  Guitar,  Lap  Steel  Guitar, National Steel Guitar,  Electric  Guitar),  Nick  Reeb  (Violin,  Viola, Accordion, Piano, Kazoo), and Abe Spear (Banjo, Pedal  Steel).  The band started a journey that took them from a suburban  upbringing  with a pop
MTV soundtrack to an all-consuming obsession with  bluegrass.  Yet, even as they were named 2004’s Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association,  their  sound  was  extending outward in directions  that  could  no  longer  be  contained  under the bluegrass banner.

LOW  COUNTRY  SUITE  finds  King  Wilkie  deftly  tapping  into   rock’s blue-highways heritage, drawing on the pioneering  spirit  of  The Byrds circa Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Gram Parsons’ solo LPs,  and the  Rolling Stones in their "Country Honk" mode. Yet the album’s  gentler  songs are equally informed by the sixties folk of Nico, Nick  Drake,  and  Leonard Cohen, as by Bill Monroe, the Flying  Burrito  Brothers,  or  the Byrds. While LOW COUNTRY SUITE pulls from a broad range of musical  influences, the resulting blend is uniquely King Wilkie. "King  Wilkie  create their own genre of music –  a beautiful,  true  and  honest  sound,"  says Jim Scott

Tour Dates

5/22/2007 Mo Pitkins    New York, NY
5/23/2007 Iron Horse    Northampton, MA
5/24/2007 Lizard Lounge    Cambridge, MA
6/6/2007  Grey Eagle    Asheville, NC
6/7/2007  Evening Muse    Charlotte, NC
6/8/2007  The Handlebar    Greenville, SC
6/16/2007 Mayville Bluegrass Festival    Mayville, NY
6/21/2007 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden    Richmond, VA
6/23/2007 Floyd Country Store    Floyd, VA
8/10/2007 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
8/11/2007 Patriot Park    Pigeon Forge, TN
9/16/2007 Birchmere    Alexandria, VA
9/22/2007 Longwood Gardens  Kennett Square, PA

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