Los Angeles singer/songwriter/guitarist JIM WILSON, best known for his work with his own band, Mother Superior, has just released his first self-titled solo album. It features contributions from U2/Bob Dylan/Neil Young producer DANIEL LANOIS and also a track with the legendary band SPARKS.
Known for his soulful vocals and guitar work, this is JIM WILSON's first solo album after releasing 10 albums with Mother Superior, who were also known as the backing band for HENRY ROLLINS. Wilson wrote all the songs on the new album and plays all the guitar and bass as well as lead vocals.?
Jim Wilson has been playing in DANIEL LANOIS' band for a decade, including touring as bassist for his latest project, BLACK DUB. A just-completed world tour ended with a festival gig in Canada where Wilson played bass and sang background vocals with EMMYLOU HARRIS.?
Jim Wilson is currently the lead guitarist for SPARKS, Ron and Russell Mael's unique band, and was involved in the 2008 "Sparks Spectacular" when the band performed all 21 of their albums in chronological order in 21 nights. Wilson is also featured on the latest Sparks LP, "The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman."?
As a songwriter, Wilson has written songs for HENRY ROLLINS, ALICE COOPER, MEAT LOAF and PEARL (featuring singer Pearl Aday and Anthrax guitarist SCOTT IAN).
Jim Wilson is a vinyl collector and musicologist with a deep knowledge of all kinds of music. He hosts his own internet radio show called "The Vinyl Shelf."
Mike Dillon Band
From his high-octane performance and unorthodox percussion rig, to the perfectly orchestrated mellifluous cacophony creating that unforgettable "Mike D" sound, there is no question that Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic, multifaceted, electrifying percussionists in the country.
After emerging in late 1980’s, as the first vibraphonist and vocalist to lead a rock/funk band, contributing to its evolution by his use of effects, Dillon has become well-known for producing genre-bending music that transcends categorization. Over the last 27 years, his creative song-writing and the repertoire of artists he has worked with - on tour, stage or in the studio - reveal his eclectic musical inspiration and skillful versatility. Artists such as: Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Polyphonic Spree, Brave Combo, Sex Mob, Galactic, Secret Chief’s 3, Karl Denson, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, James Singleton, George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidocavich and Bob Schneider. His individual projects include: Critter’s Buggin’, Garage A Trois, Billy Goat, Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Hairy Apes BMX, Malachy Papers, the Dead Kenny G’s, who regularly open for Primus, and his latest, The Mike Dillon Band.
As a touring musician and prolific song-writer, Mike Dillon has continuously pushed his distinct sound in new and inventive directions. On stage, Dillon is a powerful force, with boundless energy that hails a punk rock/hardcore edge and the seamless ability to play multiple percussive instruments at once. For nearly three decades, fans have been drawn to Dillon’s organic style, creative musicianship and the way his music never fails to stir the crowd into a big dance party from start to finish. After taking a brief hiatus from solo projects, Dillon is back at the helm with his latest quartet, The Mike Dillon Band, which delivers a cache of his new songs, infuses fresh life into his classics, and features Mike Dillon (vibraphone, percussion, lead vocals), Adam Gertner (drums), Cliff Hines (guitar, bass, keyboard) and Carly Meyers (trombone, moog taurus pedals, xylophone, vocals), whose raw talent, enthusiasm and infectious dance moves have created quite a stir among music goers in the past year.