The Wilson Family Band
The Wilson Family Band would never even think of billing themselves as dysfunctional, nor would anyone else. They come from rural Folkston, GA, just east of the Okefenokee Swamp, where father Robert owns a lumber company. This is a family band that truly enjoys being together as a family making music. Robert and his wife Melissa have been in and around bluegrass for years and have brought daughter Katie (12) and son Clint (18) as happy, well-adjusted kids who love making music together. They never fail to please the audience. Recently they have been presenting very effective workshops, too. Their mix of gospel and secular tunes along with Katie’s sparkling personality and the parents’ huge pride in their kids is clear. Clint also appears on banjo with Ernie Evans and Southern Lite.
The two promoters of Snobird and Cracker are each part of bands that will be playing at their festival. Alan Colpits of the SWFBGA plays for Swinging Bridge and agreeable and easy to listen to band. Ernie Evans and Southern Lite, similarly, do a creditable job. Recently, Cory Walker has been playing banjo with Southern Lite, bringing one of the most exciting young banjo players in the country to this band. Both bands play twice during the weekend, as does Roger Bass and the Hillbillies. The Generations Bluegrass Band appears primarily at the Pine Island Elks Lodge in addition to Snobird and Cracker. Finally, Tyler Williams and the East Tennessee Bluegrass Band and Smokey Greene will be performing. Tyler Williams has a great voice and is a real crowd pleaser. We’ve heard him as a guest with other great bands and are looking forward to seeing him with the college bluegrass band. Smokey Greene is an old-timer, now in his mid-seventies who has been popular in the northeast and Florida for many years. His mellow singing voice, skillful guitar work, and humorous songs draw a loyal and appreciative group of long time fans wherever he appears.