Happy Birthday Steve Wilson born March 18, 1958 grew up enjoying playing music with his family. He was fortunate to find himself working in Nashville within the Custom Art Shop at Gibson designing and building custom art pieces. Many of these were special orders for distinguished players. While in Nashville, Steve also honed his craft in Bluegrass music with the banjo becoming his favorite and master instrument. Studying with many of the well-respected teachers in the area, playing countless hours with local bands, and lending his talents in the recording studio from time to time, Bluegrass music was definitely where Steve planned to hang his hat for the long haul. After moving back to NY to raise his children closer to their extended family, Steve joined a couple of bands, enjoyed the festival seasons, his friends and did instrument repairs for folks here and there while casually building a custom guitar or banjo along the way. Now that the kids are grown and Steve and his wife, Melanie, have settled back down South in what they see as their “forever home” of South Carolina, he is looking forward to getting back to pickin’ the banjo and building instruments on a more than casual level again. Steve has enjoyed playing bluegrass music with several bands including; Plexigrass, Carol Beaugard and Blue Express, Grasscutters, C&T Bluegrass, Cannonhole Rounders, and Dave Snyder and Last Road.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie