UPDATE: Walt just told us that his awesomely talented singer-songwriter wife Tina Mitchell Wilkins will be joining him for his August 11 show here at MCC. Tina often performs solo, with Walt, and with the Mystiqueros, and has released four solo CDs (along with the duo record she released with Walt). We. Are. Thrilled.
There is probably no artist we've seen more over the years than Walt Wilkins. There's just something spiritual about a WW concert - might have something to do with Walt's time in the seminary, might be his songwriting, might be his singing or playing ... or it just might be him. We saw Walt with the Mystiqueros on our last trip to Austin and had a chance to sit down and talk with him for awhile before the show, and when the band started playing - we were in church. If you google "extraordinary songs about ordinary life", you'll see a photo of Walt. Perfect example - Walt's song Watch It Shine, about a desert sunrise (check out the first link above.
A Texas Hill Country icon, Walt began his musical career mainly as a songwriter, moving to Nashville and writing songs that would be recorded by the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Kevin Welch, Pat Green, Brandon Rhyder, Ty Herndon, and Cory Morrow. He wound up moving back to Texas and writing for himself - here's how Walt describes his own music: " ... I hope my songs are “real.” To me, they come from a real place - my life and its challenges, fears, hopes. And we all have those, and we all have a bunch of those in common. Most of our lives are pretty similar, right? " Here's a link to Walt's bio on his website.
We are proud to welcome Walt back for his second appearance at MCC.
Let's start here - if you love the sound an acoustic guitar makes when played by a virtuoso guitarist, then you won't want to miss this show. Claude is one of the most talented guitarists you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing anywhere. OK, now for the hard part - describing Claude & his performances. Well, he's a Swiss/French guy who lives in Southern England and tours worldwide. He plays instrumentals and he sings. He performs his own compositions and Ravel's Bolero. He rarely plays a "3-minute" song - his song performances often go on for 7-10 minutes, just him and his guitar. He plays the blues. The classics. Jazz. Medieval Spanish blues (yes, that's a real thing). We got to see Claude "up close" for the first time at the Stoltz Listening Room in Easton - front row, no more than 8-feet away. Watching him play (as well as listening to him play) was mesmerizing.
Claude spends most of time touring across Europe, and usually makes two trips per year to tour across the US. Claude has released eight CDs, his most recent being Anthology, a double-CD collection of Claude's own favorite songs from his last ten years of recording and performing.
We're excited to welcome Claude back for his second appearance at MCC.