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  WILDERS   4/28/06 Watson Stage, MerleFest, NC

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FestivaLink.net presents The Wilders at MerleFest, NC 4/28/06

This talented group, formed in 1996, is regularly regarded as 'the band to see' wherever they go. Led by singer, guitarist and country wisecracker, Ike Sheldon, the band grounds itself firmly in the early formative years of recorded country music. Featured in each performance are the hard driving old time fiddle tunes presided over by multi-award-winning fiddler, Betse Ellis. Her infectious fiddling is often the cause of spontaneous dancing by both the audience and the band!

The Wilders' playlist is peppered with original country, bluegrass, hillbilly songs, and fiddle tunes, and also includes many of the classic country favorites heard in the early days of the Grand Ol' Opry radio show. Songs by Hall of Famers Jimmie Rogers, Roy Acuff and the Carter Family are presented in a faithful yet original light. Anchored by the insurgent walking bass lines of Nate Gawron, the band resurrects 1940's and 50's honky-tonk heroes like Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, providing each tune with all the swinging electricity found in the originals without plugging in a single instrument. The finishing touch for the band's sound is produced by the slippery dobro, chugging clawhammer banjo and plunky mandolin of jack-of-all-trades, Phil Wade. While Sheldon and Ellis handle the bulk of the vocal chores, the whole group can sometimes be heard harmonizing on a beautiful old gospel tune.

Players:
Ike Sheldon (lead vocals, guitar)
Betse Ellis (fiddle, vocals)
Phil Wade (banjo, dobro, mandolin, vocals)
Nate Gawron (bass, vocals)

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Photos: Leila Jackson, Gnu Moon Graphics (gnumoon.com).

 
   

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   Mike  (7/8/2007 5:20:16 PM)

$17.95 for 32 minutes of music is kind of pricy. I hope most of the money goes to The Wilders/bands. We`ll worth the $ the wilders are awesome.

   Sheila Drennen  (5/22/2006 8:43:59 PM)

I was in the tent at the Wilders set at the Traditional Stage in 2005 when they brought down the house.I could not wait to see them again at the Watson stage (or anywhere) in 2006. I was again knock MORE>

   David A. Fee  (5/15/2006 7:02:57 PM)

The Wilders were on the Watson Stage when I first arrived on Friday. I had heard of them, but had no particular expectations. I was very pleasantly surprised at the big sound that they got out of f MORE>

 
 
 
 

DISC ONE
SET ONE
PLAY SAMPLE Old Dirty Boot
(3:04)  
PLAY SAMPLE Belshazzar
(2:59)  
PLAY SAMPLE My Final Plea
(4:58)  
PLAY SAMPLE The Old Man at the Mill
(2:45)  
PLAY SAMPLE Won't You Sometimes Think of Me
(4:37)  
PLAY SAMPLE Broken Down Gambler
(2:29)  
PLAY SAMPLE Kansas City Star
(3:42)  
PLAY SAMPLE Honky Tonk Blues
(4:52)  
PLAY SAMPLE Honky Tonk Habit
(2:45)  

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