Jamie Lin Wilson (Smile) — 22nd Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2019

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 , 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. 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 and Jumping over Rocks in .

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.

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About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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