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Walt Wilkins


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The best kept secret in music


"Mustang Island, 2004"

Singer/songwriter Walt Wilkins has been based in Nashville for the past 10 years, but his Texas roots are most evident on his latest. Wilkins co-wrote most of the tunes here, and he tackles some serious themes without coming off pretentious or melodramatic. In "We've All Got Our Reasons" Wilkins seems to question the master plan ("If I ever get to heaven and I've got one question/I hope the good Lord ain't offended/Give me a world of pain between the cradle and the grave/Is that what was intended"). With the current trend of outsourcing and downsizing the song "When There's No Money Coming In" is particularly moving, as Wilkins examines the devastating effect of unemployment ("But now a balance sheet in a high-rise/A thousand miles away says you're not needed/Wipes clean the years you gave"). Among Wilkins' collaborators are Pat Green on "Wrapped," presented here with a different ending than on the version recorded by Green, and Danny Flowers (Don Williams' guitarist and writer of "Tulsa Time") on "Tonight I Might." Flowers also plays a mean wah-wah guitar on an effective cover of fellow Texas native Michael Nesmith's "Grand Ennui." Walt Wilkins' latest effort has this transplanted Texan delivering some of the better contemporary sounds to come out of Nashville.

- Robert Wooldridge - Country Standard Time

"Walt Wilkins - Mustang Island"

There just aren’t words to describe the scope of Walt Wilkins’ musical talent shared via Mustang Island. He crafts his songs (authored/coauthored 10 of 12), recorded music, and live performances into magical webs of pure delight. On first listen, his music gives you soothing pleasures that help you melt away the day’s cares. But upon returning to that trough for deeper drinks, reveals more significant intentions. He blends acoustic, electric, steel, bass, and slide guitars with mandolin, violin, and drums to tease your senses and soothe your psyche. And if you are feeling up to the mental exercise, there are plentiful opportunities for more complex delights.

- Misslana.com

"Fire, Honey, & Angels"

"Wilkins is a unique voice, plaintive, urgent and as comfortable as an old pair of jeans."

Barry Ray, Greenville Journal (Miles of Music)
- Texas Music Roundup


Fire, Honey, & Angels
Rivertown (2002)
Mustang Island (2004)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Walt Wilkins is an established writer whose songs are listened to by A&R folks in-the-know and who other songwriters respect. He's had songs recorded by Ricky Skaggs on a Grammy-winning record, Ty Herndon, Perfect Stranger, Trini Triggs. He’s also had the same song recorded as a duet by Kenny Rogers & Pam Tillis, and Sammy Kershaw & Lorrie Morgan (the former was featured in the film “Cowboy Up”). He first visited Nashville at the invitation of a well-known producer Chip Young, who heard in Wilkins’ songwriting and performing the same passion and craft he'd heard in some other young mavericks he had produced over the years: Kris Kristoferson, Joe Ely, Delbert McClinton and Larry Gatlin.

In Texas, he's a cult figure, a compelling performer of the first order who wrote some of Texas idol Pat Green's best-loved songs, including the anthem that pushed Green hard onto Texas Radio for the first time, “Songs About Texas,” the first song Wilkins ever wrote.

Born in San Antonio and raised mostly in Austin, with an early stint in Hawaii, Wilkins is a 5th generation Texan, whose knowledge of the state's history and geography, fueled and sharpened by a few years as location scout for the Texas Film Commission, infuse his lyrics with detail and color Texans love. He's also been a professor, a theology student, and he worked on a few hundred film and television productions, including writing music for a half-dozen films. But songwriting and performing were always the main passion: he joined his first band at fourteen and never looked back: always in bands, until he began performing his own material, when he began putting his own bands together; first in Austin, and then in Nashville.

Wilkins' new record, Mustang Island, is the latest in a series of records that has won him comparisons to Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Van Morrison and Kevin Welch.

Mustang Island is his most personal work yet. “These songs are my favorites from the last two years of writing, and we recorded it in just a few days, much faster than my other records. It feels spontaneous and raw. This collection of songs is more about my life than my other projects. I guess I’m more comfortable writing about my own head and heart now, such as they are.” Produced with his long-time friend and fiddle player Tim Lorsch, the record is special for another reason: it is being released on a label that he started with Lorsch and fellow songwriter Randy Wayne Sitzler. “These days, you might as well take control of as much of your art and business as you can. This whole process is much more exciting when you're responsible for everything. We're all hungry to prove ourselves to the world.”

Come see and hear why Wilkins music has been compared to the great writers of his time (including John Steinbeck), and why his performances have been described as “mesmerizing” and “moving.” The Nashville Scene recently wrote, “Wilkins continues the Texas troubadour tradition in all the best ways. His voice is equal parts sun-drenched Texas plains and sweet, soothing river water.”