Woodyfest 2019: Jamie Lin Wilson
Jamie Lin Wilson
Jamie Lin Wilson
By some standards, Jamie Lin Wilson is a late bloomer. She was [Sidenote: This is the seventh post in our coverage of the twenty-second annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll be alternating our reporting with essays and photo galleries from the sixteenth festival in 2013, so check in often for a mix of old and new Woodyfest goodness.] nineteen when she heard Natlie Maines performing a solo during a Dixie Chicks concert. After she dropped a few casual remarks to her mother and a cousin she found herself unwrapping an acoustic guitar on Christmas morning.
Before long she began attending open-mic performances in College Station; soon after she was co-founding The Gougers (also known as The Sidehill Gougers), a popular Americana combo. Concurrently Wilson formed an all-female country-folk band, The Trishas. The latter outfit’s close harmonies and songwriting soon garnered a considerable fan base and invitations to play large festivals.
When The Trishas went on hiatus, Wilson embarked on her solo career, releasing Holidays & Wedding Rings in 2015 and Jumping over Rocks in 2018.
The latter album yielded “Oklahoma Stars,” co-written by Wilson and Evan Felker (Turnpike Troubadours). Predictably, the Woodyfest audience lit up for the song. But they were already putty in Wilson’s hand — her expressive voice and keen songwriting being more than sufficient to keep the audience’s attention.
Of the new artists this writer saw at the 2019 festival, Wilson stood out as a favorite. Hopefully it won’t be her final appearance on the Pastures of Plenty stage.