Wil Van Winkle

Wil Van Winkle

 Lebanon, Tennessee, USA

From campgrounds to coffee houses, college campus to clothing optional resorts; Wil Van Winkle has played them all. Hints of Southern Rock, Country, Alternative, Modern Rock, Folk and a whole lot of schizophrenia thrown in.


From campgrounds to coffee houses, college campus to clothing optional resorts; Alt Country/Americana/Rock Artist Wil Van Winkle has played them all. No stranger to the road Wil has entertained audiences through three continents, 6 countries, and cities all over the USA, “Wil Van Winkle has served up some lively music infused with interesting polyrhythms and his strong and unique voice.” (- Rocky Stone from Music News May 2007)

Born in Tampa, Florida; raised in Houston, Texas, Wil was introduced to live music at the age of three. Whenever his Grandfather would play guitar, Wil would hold a violin mimicking him. At the age of 13 he received a pawn shop guitar for Christmas and began on his path to becoming a singer/songwriter/performer. With influences ranging from Alternative to Blues, Rock, and beyond he found it hard to stick to just one style but found that by incorporating all of these influences into his writing he was able to appeal to a wide range of audiences, which can be seen when looking at some of his past gigs, including a Democratic Convention and a Republican Fund Raiser/Police Chief's Party both in Texas, Cancer Benefits, and various coffee shops, hotels, clubs, house concerts, and wineries.

Playing such a wide range of concerts in so many places has earned him sponsorships from Heineken, KAO Kampgrounds, Prilosec OTC and an endorsement deal from Knucklehead Guitar Strings. Wil Van Winkle has seen his share of attention from the media; as well, he has appeared on Fox Morning News with his former collaborator, Brit Shea, been written up in several entertainment circulars, and performed and been interviewed on radio stretching from the former USSR to California.

When asked about his experiences on the road Wil simply states, “People tell me all the time how interesting my life must be, to me its just my life. I never really thought about it from somebody else's perspective.” 


A Change in the Weather 2007
New Beginnings: Live from Acoustic Chaos 2008
Christmas Halfway Around the World 2009
Army of Me (Single) 2011
Amber Seas (Single) 2013

Set List

Originals +

Nutshell - Alice in Chains
Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
Satisfied - Ian Moore
How Does it Feel - Ian Moore
Precious Declaration - Collective Soul
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
She Talks to Angels - The Black Crows
All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Simple Man - Lynard Skynard/Shinedown
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Every Little Thing - Dishwalla
Fighting For - Cross Canadian Ragweed
Cry Lonely - Cross Canadian Ragweed
Fast Cars & Freedom - Rascall Flats
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
3 a.m. - Matchbox 20
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Wicked Games - Chris Isaacs
House of the Rising Sun - Traditional
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Losing My Religion - R.E.M
With or Without You - U2
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Walking The Dog - Traditional Blues
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson