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Low Country Suite
King Wilkie
Low Country Suite
Genres: Country, Pop
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Even as they were named 2004's Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the sound of King Wilkie was extending outward in directions that could no longer be comfortably contained und...  more »


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All Artists: King Wilkie
Title: Low Country Suite
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Zoe Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 6/26/2007
Genres: Country, Pop
Style: Bluegrass
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601143111228


Album Description
Even as they were named 2004's Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the sound of King Wilkie was extending outward in directions that could no longer be comfortably contained under the bluegrass banner. The band spent the next two years touring non-stop, building a die-hard following and honing an idiosyncratic new sound. The result is the evocative, harrowing Low Country Suite - a dramatic push into uncharted sonic terrain. Produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Wilco), Low Country Suite draws on the pioneering spirit of Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, Gram Parsons' solo LPs, and "Country Honk" Stones, while the album's gentler songs are equally informed by the stark, confessional folk of Nico, Nick Drake, and Leonard Cohen. Haunting yet strangely uplifting, Low Country Suite is the captivating sound of a band willing to leave precedent behind to create intoxicating new music from the jagged remains of yesterday.

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... and 1/2 .... A genuine, relaxed, good-time vibe full of
J. Ross | Roseburg, OR USA | 06/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Playing Time - 42:48 -- From Charlottesville, Virginia, King Wilkie has a new contemporary Americana sound. Named for Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe's favorite horse, the band's easy-going acoustic jaunt in this set is more of a canter than a gallop. Rather than high lonesome bluegrass, King Wilkie's "Low Country Suite" gives us a soothing folk-pop sound with rootsy feeling and earthy lilt. Striving for a more personal musical statement than traditional bluegrass afforded them, their approach has come to emphasize life experiences, their individual strengths and personal influences.

Initially formed in 2002 by Ted Pitney (guitar) and Reid Burgess (mandolin), these two graduates of Kenyon College in Ohio moved to Virginia to start a bluegrass band. The rest of the group includes Abe Spear (banjo), Drew Breakey (bass), Nick Reeb (fiddle), and John McDonald (guitar). In 2003, King Wilkie signed with Rebel Records. In 2004, they won IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 2005, their thoughtful melody-driven songs began marking an evolution of their musical makeover. The compositions on "Low Country Suite" are a number of pleasantly smooth movements that take us on a breezy jaunt through nostalgic, romantic or placid emotions. With some understated lap steel, organ, piano, harmonica or percussive embellishment in the mix, the set's result is one of mostly serene, laid-back imagery. "Angeline" is one of the more raucous offerings, with a hint of 1970s folk rock tonality. With its raw emotion and gritty realism, "Wrecking Ball" is a wild, thrilling ride with old-time spirit. "She's a wrecking ball coming through my wall so tall, like a house of straw these beautiful dreams will fall ....." The slow swing and bright lyricism of "Ms. Peabody" also provides some nice diversity to a mostly ethereal set mainly about "restlessness, coming of age, loss of innocence." The themes of absolution and liberation are clearly stated in "Captivator."

Produced by Jim Scott, an objective of "Low Country Suite" was to capture the band's own pioneering spirit in a manner reminiscent of the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, or Bob Dylan. "King Wilkie creates their own genre of music -- a beautiful, true and honest sound," Scott once said. It's a lofty goal, and King Wilkie demonstrates both the aptitude and confidence to make a significant mark. The band now has the support of the reputable Rounder label, and I commend them for their flexibility, adaptability and relaxed sophistication. Thirty years from now, "Low Country Suite" may not be looked at as their defining work that established King Wilkie as an irresistible, clarion voice, but it certainly is a genuine, relaxed, good-time vibe full of alluring radiance and emotional pathos from their collective gut. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
A new sound - King Wilkie
David Horgan | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do yourself a favor and buy/download/share this album. Best so far of 2007, and combines influences such as the beach boys, the byrds, stones, simon/garfunkel. But the voices here (both literal and lyrical) set them apart as their own. They aren't a bluegrass band, or a country band, or any other "kind" of band - they're just King Wilkie.

oh, and see them live in small venues while you still can.

thank me later"
A Class of Their Own!
Marybeth Stockdale | Woodstock, GA USA | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

A little something for everyone!
Music to relax, dance, work, clean, drive, and play to!
I listen to it over and over again.
King Wilkie has earned another loyal fan!