Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band are a modern bluegrass band based out of southern Connecticut. Winners of the 2010 Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, they perform regularly in the Northeast in an all-acoustic format. Their show features original compositions and choice covers in a strong, vocal-driven format.
Katie’s unique melodic vocal style has enabled her to be in full command of a wide range of emotions and styles (“[Wilson] has a lovely voice and performs with grace and beauty in a variety of musical genres”--Martin Blanco, executive producer of the “Flagpole Radio Café”; “warm, sweet, and melodic”--Amanda Cuda, Connecticut Post), and her performances are flavored by her love of American roots music.
Raised in New England, Katie left home at an early age to travel across the U.S. and Canada, and she lived in Alabama for a few years before returning to the Northeast to pursue her calling in music. This experience greatly influenced her songwriting and became a major inspiration in her decision to embrace the bluegrass tradition.
In 2010, Katie formed the Two Time String Band with the intention of performing material from her CD. As the band found its compass, they settled into a more bluegrass-oriented style that has been greeted with overwhelming audience approval. The TTSB features upright double bass, guitar, banjo, cello, and fiddle (“[They] are polished and look good, like they’re having fun. A very professional act”--Arnie Fleischer of Leadership Bluegrass and the Emelin Theater, NY).
In 2011, Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band will be playing in theaters and festivals across the northeastern U.S., and they will again be featured at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, recently voted IBMA’s “Event of the Year” (www.podunkbluegrass.net) and also in September at the IBMA Conference Showcase in Nashville, TN.
Richard Neal - Guitar, mandolin
Bob Csugie - Upright Bass
Josh Cohen - Banjo
Jordan Jancz - Cello
Howie Bujese - Fiddle
In 2009 Katie released her debut solo CD, “Katie Wilson,” to critical acclaim (“this really is a fine piece of work”--Gary Burr, Country Music Songwriting Hall of Fame member). Containing material influenced by bluegrass, blues, gospel, and reggae, the CD features nuanced renderings of her own compositions, along with some choice covers and a few songs penned by producer Richard Neal.
Katie has performed as a featured artist or a member of the act at the following events and venues: PODUNK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL (First Place, 2010 Band Competition), TOAD'S PLACE, the FIREBOX BLUEGRASS SERIES, the TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL, the ACOUSTIC CAFE, TWO BOOTS, SPINSTOCK (Festival), THE LION'S DEN (NYC), THE SPACE, HOUSATONIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S CULTURAL SHOWCASE and also at their CABARET SHOWCASE, ELEMENTAL ENERGY FEST, "PROFILES IN FOLK" LIVE-AIR SHOWCASE on WSHU (NPR), SWEETWATER CAFE (Boston), CRASH MANSION(NYC), the FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFE, 2010 DANBURY FILM FESTIVAL, WEBSTER HALL (NYC), LYRICS COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT SERIES, HAT CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL, EMERGENZA MUSIC FESTIVAL (NYC) and has shared the stage with, or opened for such prestigious acts as MIKE COMPTON (from "O Brother Where Art Thou"), MUTTI LEWIS, HOT BUTTERED RUM, HOE, SHAKEDOWN, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT, GEORGE CLINTON and PARLIAMENT, NICK NOVIA, LARRY GILLIS BAND, THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS, does regular recording work for PRIME NUMBERS PRODUCTIONS and has played a variety of parties, weddings, restaurants, and benefits.
She has been featured in articles in the NEW HAVEN REGISTER, THE CONNECTICUT POST, NEWTOWN BEE, DANBURY NEWS TIMES, FAIRFIELD COUNTY WEEKLY, HORIZONS, and the NEW HAVEN ADVOCATE. Katie has also appeared for live performances on WPKN (Chris Teskey's Bluegrass show, "CT Rocks" with Bob D'Aprile, and also for Jim Motavalli's show), WSHU -NPR affiliate (Steve Winters' "Profiles in Folk"), WESU ("Dead Air with Uncle John"), WWUH ("U-H Radio Bluegrass" with Brian Burness), WCUW ("In the Tradition" with Jeff Boudreau in Worcester, MA). Her music appears regularly in CT on WPLR and WPKN, and has been played on WESU's "Homegrown" with Rob DeRosa. Katie's song "Jericho" was featured as the opening track on the Oasis Disc Manufacturing Acoustic Radio Sampler, which was distributed to over 600 radio stations in 50 states, and her tracks "Feels So Far Away" and Jericho" were selected for Woman of Substance (streaming) Radio play.Her performances and interviews have been recorded and aired on television stations across CT including FOX 61, CTV, and WTXX/WCCT. Katie was also selected for Skopemag.com's "Artist to Watch" (April 2010).
She contributes her own original compositions, a few from producer Dick Neal, and fills out the set with some traditional favorites. Katie's music derives its essence from the American string band traditions of bluegrass and old-time music. But not entirely --contemporary feels inform much of her work.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.