The Wilhelm Brothers

The Wilhelm Brothers – Indie Folk Rock which is insightful and infectious. The professional and full-time Asheville NC-based group combines the singer/songwriter talents of Chris Wilhelm with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Cristof Ensslin. Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences. The music is infectious and insightful. The career of The Wilhelm Brothers to this point has focused on performing in front of as many audiences as they can as often as possible. The band logged over 100 shows in 2011 and more than 180 in 2012 under the name Wilhelm McKay, together with singer/songwriter Liam McKay. They
regularly grace the stages of WNC venues and have traveled far and wide including stops in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Michigan, the Carolinas Piedmonts, Nashville, Atlanta, Virginia and more.

Speaking about musical influences, the group shares a strong liking for folk, singer/songwriter and indie music. Chris sites Bright Eyes, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Monsters of Folk, M. Ward and Andrew Bird as favorite influences. The group also shares a reverence for established music from the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and The Beatles and the traditions of folk, country, rock and pop that these artists represent. Chris Wilhelm’s accomplishments are many. In 2012, he completed his 5th studio album with producer Will Bradford (Seepeoples, Free Peoples Frequency) in Asheville NC. His album This
Train's Not Going Slow made it to #4 on Emerson College Radio’s top 30 in 2006. He has received a lot of airplay on college radio. Chris was featured in a documentary about his music called Faster Than A Fax Machine by Gray Films in 2007. Wilhelm has opened for the Dropkick Murphys in Albany NY. He has also performed at Boston’s Club Passim’s Campfire Festival. A voracious performer, Chris has toured from Maine to New Orleans and is always ready for more shows. Cellist for The Wilhelm Brothers, Cristof Ensslin, has undergone over 10 years of classical Cello education with Hungarian Cello teacher Kalman Dobos in his home town of Esslingen, Germany. He has played in numerous orchestras, chamber music and church ensembles. He has won several prizes in solo youth competitions in his birth country of Germany. Cristof has turned towards meditative ways of playing his Cello to bring out the sacred vibrations of the Cello. He has also recorded cello tracks with several talent projects produced by Lakehouse Music Studios in Asheville, NC, and performed with local funk-diva Lyric at the renowned Bele Chere Festival in Asheville in July 2012.

The Westbound Rangers

An innocent observer may initially label this young quartet a 'bluegrass' or 'old-timey' band due to their instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass, but the Westbound Rangers offer so much more than that. While steeped in both bluegrass and old time traditions, their unique blend of roots music draws just as heavily from rock and country musical influences and spans the breadth of American music styles. Melding strong three part harmony vocals with solid musicianship, they tastefully present original ballads, cover songs and novelty numbers - in addition to rollicking banjo tunes - and are a band capable of satisfying even the most finicky of music fans.

Their new album, "Southern Bread & Butter For It," was self produced in Nashville and highlights the diversity that defines the Westbound Rangers. Eleven songs in length, it is their first studio album and includes a crowd-favorite ditty about coffee ("Pushwater,") a tribute to a civil war hero ("Stonewall,") heartfelt ballads ("Time" and "Wanna Call You Mine") and interpretations of traditional fiddle tunes ("Big Scioty" and "Old Yeller Dog.") Featuring the occasional steel guitar, harmonica, drums and fiddle, "Southern Bread & Butter For It" is a well rounded effort and strikes a perfect balance between a polished studio sound and an effortless front-porch jam.

Over the past four years, this charismatic band has entertained packed houses and festivals throughout America with their energetic performances. By utilizing the time honored 'single microphone' technique and augmenting their sets with lively comedic stage banter, a Westbound Rangers show is a throwback to days gone by. Skillful at holding an audience's attention, these boys are as likely to win over a college frat party as they would a women's club meeting. It's this commitment to showmanship that has helped them build such a devoted following.

$5.00 - $7.00


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