Mention The Wilson Family Band around anyone who's had the opportunity to hear them and the response is broad smiles, nodding heads, and enthusiastic comments. "You should hear that little Katie sing!" "Young Clint is developing into a phenomenal talent!" "Did you see the look of pride on Robert's face?" "Each time we hear them, they keep improving!" "The Wilson Family really knows how to entertain." In the Southeast their reputation expands with each performance whether it's at a festival, restaurant or church. People are impressed by the whole package - music, family commitment, faith and, perhaps most of all, genuineness.
Robert toured the east coast with River Grass Revue in the 80's, achieving some modest success. He plays very strong rhythm guitar and has a very fine, slightly gravelly baritone voice, which carries the family's vocal performance and blends well with his two children in the trios. His folksy manner brings an audience right into the middle of this family. Seeing his obvious pride and love as he watches daughter Katie and son Clint beside him on the stage moves everyone who sees this band. After 4 years of performing together as a band, his leadership shows in the way they've jelled and in his eagerness to transfer the emcee role to his twenty year old son Clint.
Clint is a 20 year old college junior at Valdosta State University and is making a major commitment to growing himself as a musician and songrwriter. Clint's voice continues to improve almost as fast as his very fine musicianship. Four years ago Clint was a budding banjo picker. Now, he has achieved a high level of performance on it, but also plays mandolin and guitar on stage. He plays bass very well. His work as emcee during the family's performances has become sure handed and amusing. Clint has found a new passion for songwriting. He has developed this craft into a well honed skill.
Katie has been a star since she was 10 years old. Her performance on the fiddle has become increasingly inventive and mature as she grows into this very difficult instrument. Top fiddlers like Becky Buller and Aubrey Haynie have taken an interest in her development. Her voice has begun to grow as she matures and shows promise of becoming a fine bluegrass instrument. While functioning as a performing musician, Katie is also a real teenage girl. She's in the 9th grade and plays on her school golf team. During rehearsals, she's never far from her cell phone, texting while she fiddles and sings. Her songwriting continues to contribute significant content to the bands repertoire.
Melissa, wife and mother, provides a quiet and steady presence, both on and off the stage. Her work on mandolin has always been distinguished by a strong chop. Meanwhile, her mandolin breaks have grown increasingly strong. Her mellow sounding instrument and steady play provide depth and texture to the band. Perhaps as important to this family is the glue she provides in a family setting. Keeping the family fed on the road, managing behind the scene details, on overseeing the many tasks of a serious touring band, she's always present and in charge.
Bruce Sheridan is the newest addition to the group. He plays bass and is adding some bass vocals to the mix. Bruce was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in a military family, traveling all over the United States and abroad. Bruce began playing the bass in high school but it wasn't until 1998 that he discovered bluegrass. His newfound passion for this music caused him to become serious about his playing and he dove into learning all he could. His family consists of wife Judy and daughter Monica. His greatest blessings are his Savior, Jesus Christ, his family and friends and bluegrass music. He is looking forward to a long association with the Wilson Family Band.
Solid family values provide the glue the keeps The Wilson Family Band's feet firmly planted in home, school, church and music. The single, "Family Ties" captures the strength of this bond. This is a family that lives its values at home and communicates them through their music in the lyrics and in their musical performance.