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"Alex first picked up the guitar at five, made his first stage appearance in France at 12, and hasn't looked back since. Alex's guitar and voice sound like a crusty Delta veteran, delivering both with his distinct flair. Combined with his Jim Morrison looks, this guy's a sure winner."
"The Alex Wilson Band is a trio of musicians with deep raw vocals and a big-band blues sound and an increasing fan following in the Midwest. Wilson currently takes the stage with Marc Wilson on the drums, Eric Wills on the bass guitar, and Alex on lead guitar and vocals. Alex Wilson’s debut album “Tell Me Why” was released on his own label Rathskeller Records in October, 2008. I had a few chances to speak with Wilson in between his busy schedule of gigs and composing. The Alex Wilson band has played all over the country and in various places around the world. They plan to book a European tour some time in the future but are currently busy with composing, reading, and have a number of shows and festivals to play this summer in the Midwest. They will be playing July 2nd, at 2:30 on the Harley-Davidson Stage at Summerfest and July 31st on the Harmony Bar/Capitol Beer Blues stage at the Atwood Summerfest in Madison."
“If you’re looking for a shotgun-shack-bred bluesman from the Mississippi Delta who plays faithful recreations of Son House and Skip James classics, Wilson’s not your guy. But he’s not as far away from that source material as you might think. It’s a tribute to Wilson’s doggedness as well as his talent that he supports himself as a full-time musician. It means hitting the road for gigs throughout the Midwest and occasionally overseas, as well as the festival circuit. He’s also a semiregular at Buddy Guy’s Legends in the South Loop. Originality is the cornerstone of the Wilson sound. His 2008 album, “Tell Me Why,” ranges from traditional Chicago blues to hard rock to Britpop sounds. Even the covers — Billy Boy Arnold’s “Rockinitis” and Magic Sam’s “Lookin’ Good” — are rare gems, not done-to-death standards."”
"There was a three alarm fire of a different nature on Friday April 23rd at the Slippery Noodle Inn. The fiery blues set in motion by Milwaukee natives, the Alex Wilson Band. Alex and the band also provided a mix of genres while covering Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and Johnny Cash. Alex was spot on with a cover of Folsom Prison blues! The crowd enjoyed the song selection and the sounds coming from Alex’s custom Gibson guitar realizing they were witnessing a seasoned player. My take on his guitar play is this, Alex plays with his own style and mannerisms and his incredible skill pays great compliment to the blues greats in such a precise and moving way as if you were listening to the original himself. Although I was hypnotized from the picking and bending Alex displayed during his covers I must say his original songs were just as provoking and intense!"
"Alex Wilson has a few Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards on his shelf declaring him best guitar slinger in the state (2008) and his Milwaukee-based trio as best blues band in Wisconsin (2009, 2007)...“ “I’m just trying to be true to myself. I love music." Wilson is working on material for a follow up to his 2007 debut release Tell Me Why, a CD that included work from Wisconsin harmonica legend Madison Slim, as well as an endorsement from Slim’s harp-playing pal Charlie Musselwhite. “I met Charlie through Madison Slim,” Wilson said.“We wanted to visit my dad, so my dad set up a few shows for us,” Wilson said. “I was e-mailing Charlie and told him we were going to China. He came out of the blue and said, ‘Hey, are you saying I can come to China with you?’ So, what started out as a simple trip to China became a cultural blues mission with the Alex Wilson Band and Charley Musselwhite dishing out the most American of music to Chinese audiences."
"Alex Wilson is an extraordinary young local talent who I have great expectations for. Before I went to Big Cities to listen to him, I did not know much about Wilson. I had heard that he and his band’s sound was good and that he was pretty talented. What I found was an enormously talented bluesman who has such great potential. I stayed for the entire show and I was so pleased to have done so. His vocals and presence remind me a younger, non-Cajun version of Tab Benoit. There is a softer, kind of sultry side to his vocals that remind you of Tab, and when you hear him growl out something it’s even more apparent. I asked Alex about it and he coyly apologized for not having ever heard Tab sing live or on a recording. He is a very humble kid. Couple a great voice with a hugely talented guitar player and you have Alex; I really do think he has the potential to be big in the blues world!"
"The point is, though he's only 26 years old, Wilson has been doing this for a long time and he's good at it. The Alex Wilson Band won the 2007 WAMI award for Blues Artist of the Year and are bringing their show to central Wisconsin Friday, May 11 at Ballyhoos in Merrill, and Saturday, May 12 at Mickey's Billiards in Schofield. The shows feature a return to blues music in full tradition, but still very rough around the edges and full of passion. "It was an honor to be nominated after all this time," says Wilson. Lance Shellman, vice president of the WAMI group says, "Alex is one of the most exciting blues artists to arrive on the blues scene in some time." Shellman would know, having been the agent for artists like Reverend Raven, Westside Andy and Jay Stulo, as well as the booker for nearly every blues festival in Wisconsin."
"Focused" is an apt word that describes Alex Wilson. This is just another testament to his tenacity for all things music. At 26 years old, his work ethic is extraordinary. His life is surrounded by music, whether it's writing music, getting instruments fixed or scouting for new venues via his computer. Influenced by some of music's greatest artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, the Beatles and Robert Johnson, Wilson is preparing to release his blues debut, "Tell Me Why." "I wanted to keep the album real...with some soul and some feeling in it. It's such a shame to hear people play blues, and it lacks that soul," Wilson said. This is just another testament to his tenacity for all things music.
"His original material was fresh and flawlessly executed, leaving the crowd clamoring for more. A future guitar hero in our backyard."