King Wilkie presents: the wilkie family trio
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 8:00 pm an imaginative vision of hand-made music from the bluegrass heartland of Virginia $18.50 advance / $19.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
November 18 8:00 pm

King WilkieCome on down to the Freight tonight and meet the Wilkie Family Singers! Created by founding King Wilkie member Reid Burgess, this fictional family forms the context for the group's third CD, King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers. Rather than a plot or storyline, the imaginary world of musical siblings—from Beaufort to Symbaline—provides a setting for the music, featuring superb playing, gorgeous harmonies, and masterly songwriting.

The Wilkie Family Singers provide the latest chapter in the saga of King Wilkie, a band that has made a career of continually reinventing itself. First founded as a hard-driving bluegrass band in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003, the group picked up the International Bluegrass Music Association's coveted Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2004. But all the while, their music was evolving, drawing on pre-bluegrass American music and more contemporary influences.

The group's respect for older musical forms is deep, but rather than preserving them to death King Wilkie injects the timeless themes of love won and lost, loneliness, spirituality, and death with a vibrant energy that electrifies the time-honored recipes, making them fresh and relevant.

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