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PRESS KIT HIGHLIGHTS
ARTIST: Still Wilson (Solo, Duo | * "Original Flame" Trio, Quartet, Quintet)
LABEL | PUBLISHER: CUTS Music Group | Austin, Texas
GENRES: Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Blues, Folk
Top Ten Songwriter - Austin Music Awards Poll 2019
Swan Songs Artist and Spokesperson 2017 - Current
Texas Commission On The Arts Touring Roster Official Artist 2016-18
Finalist - USA Songwriting Competition 2016
Listening Room Festival Featured Artist 2016
Finalist - International Acoustic Music Awards 2015
Honorable Mention - International Songwriting Competition 2014
Recipient of the Bugle Boy “Founder’s Choice Talent Trust Award” 2013
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WHAT IS A HOUSE CONCERT?
House concerts are considered "private" events in which the host opens up their home or backyard to create a concert setting unlike any other. The invitations usually include (but are not limited to) friends and neighbors, family and work associates, often invited via email and responding via RSVP to reserve their seats. Comfy seating is provided and there is typically a potluck dinner or Hors D'oeuvres and drinks (alcohol at the discretion of the host). This is a "listening room" once the concert starts, not a "party" and that specific detail is what makes these concerts so special. That said, it's not a stuffy affair. It is an intimate evening of music, up close and personal, with an opportunity to mingle with the artist, to get to know the story behind the music and share the experience with your community of friends and neighbors. A suggested donation is asked for at the door; all proceeds going to the performer(s) to help keep them on the road and creating the music you love. The host almost always puts the artist(s) up for the night, as well. The event can be simple or elaborate; it's your venue, indoor or outside. And... hosting a concert pretty much ensures that you'll be the coolest kid on the block!
Have more questions about hosting a house concert? We can help answer all of the technical stuff, no worries. Simply contact us and let us know what you have in mind. It's fun and, in all seriousness, one of the best ways to help an artist survive on the road. We consider our house concert tours, without doubt, to be some of the best performance experiences we have; meeting the kindest, warmest folks on the planet in the process. We haven't met anyone who hasn't sincerely appreciated the chance to see world-class live music in a private home or community center near their own neighborhood instead of fighting traffic to get to a noisy club or venue, having to pay for parking, overpriced cocktails, etc. As performers, traveling the seemingly endless hours of highway, we often form great friendships with the hosts and, upon returning to a particular concert series year after year, it feels a bit like a family reunion.
Again, if you have any questions about exactly how to make a concert in your home happen, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd look forward to working with you on a wonderful, one-of-a-kind concert experience in your home! - Wilson
a concert in the comfort of your own home
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Hospice care concerts
Swan songs Austin
One of the more poignant aspects of my work is performing intimate concerts for some wonderful people who are near the end of their life's journey. I have an amazing organization, Swan Songs - Austin, to thank for these experiences, these exchanges of heart and soul between myself and those present.
It's a powerful moment to notice someone, like this 90+ year old gentleman who, as is often the case, was quite non-responsive at first. But soon he begin to tap his feet and his arms began to pump, grasping for the beat deep inside the music I was performing. In his case, as I was told, he was quite the dancer in his day and clearly he was ready for a bit more dancing. I'm certain it took every bit of energy his body could offer, but his spirit would not be denied. For 30 minutes we shared a bond that, as happens during each of these concert experiences, deeply embeds in my soul and reminds me of the gift I've been trusted with; the gift of song.
This concert happened on Friday evening. On Saturday, I was on the road to another gig in another city. By Sunday evening I'd returned home to find this photo in my inbox; an image which says so much about these Swan Song concert experiences. By the time I opened my email, this dancer had left his weary body, lifted to - what I imagine - would be a grand dance hall where he's cutting loose right this minute to an absolutely swinging band. You could say that I'm very thankful to have been that band's opening act, getting this gentleman's dancing feet warmed up, back here a little closer to home.
I approach each concert with the aim of providing some comfort, creating something uplifting in what is often a sad, emotionally difficult time for the patients, the families, even the caretakers at some of the hospice facilities. So, in that regard, it’s a very powerful reminder of what my role as an artist, a musician, is about at its deepest level. I learned long ago that I am in the business of touching people’s hearts, which is exactly what Swan Songs is offering these folks.
In our rapidly changing, growing city, the music community has had to re-assess, re-evaluate and fight the good fight to maintain a foothold as a valued asset to the heart, soul and cultural identity of Austin. Swan Songs founder, Christine Albert, and a host of wonderful volunteers, as well as all of the musicians associated with the organization, are a shining example of how music and the arts play an important “quality of life” role in all communities. It’s a component of my work, of my artistic life, that I truly value. - Wilson