Long-awaited third album features special guests David Bromberg, Robyn Hitchcock, John McEuen, Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Peter Rowan, and Abigail Washburn.
NEW YORK, NY – King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers, the new album from the ever-evolving King Wilkie, will be released on April 28 on the newly minted Casa Nueva imprint. The ambitious and evocative work is set against the backdrop of the fictitious Wilkie Family: a household containing the six Wilkie children, their shipping magnate father and matriarchal mother, a pair of housepets, a distant cousin, two family friends, and a music therapist. These are the songs they sing – to each other, to themselves, to no one in particular. There is no plot, no dialog, no storyline: only an imaginary context acting as a setting for the music. “You aren’t supposed to know that much about these characters,” says King Wilkie founder and principal songwriter Reid Burgess, “and you shouldn’t need to in order to listen to the album.”
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003, King Wilkie has defied expectations at every turn. Their 2004 debut Broke, presented them as a young, furiously hard-driving bluegrass band. They won endless acclaim, a coveted Emerging Artist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and a wide audience for their conviction and dedication to the form. With 2007′s Low Country Suite, it became readily apparent that their music was expanding outward into a more idiosyncratic and personal style that incorporated influences ranging from pre-bluegrass American music to British Invasion art song.