PRINCIPAL / OWNER
Wilson Pickins Promotions
I was brought up on a love and appreciation of good music from a very young age. My Mama taught my sister and I how to jitterbug right in the middle of the living room and played record after record on Saturday nights while we just listened, sang along and danced. I remember a pan of warm brownies nearby, candles lit, and a well tuned whistling Daddy off in the distance. Those are precious memories for me.
Back then we listened to a lot of folk and classic country, which is why I think I so easily developed such an undeniable love and appreciation for Bluegrass. It just fits.
With a passion and respect for providing a quality product to the public and a professional background in Marketing and Sales, the evolution of my career into Promotions and Publicity for Musicians made perfect sense. Also, being married to a Banjo player, Bluegrass is sort of our life and love around these parts.
There is nothing that speaks volumes more than the comradery of the Bluegrass Community. The love and support that the artists feel for each other, the joys they share, the heartbreaks they pray about together, and the songs they pour their hearts out about each and every day without fail that showcase all of those emotions. These people are real. They are family.
There is no place I would rather hang my hat than on a wall in a world where I am allowed to help further the music and community of such wonderful friends…wonderful families.
What people are saying....
“Melanie Wilson lives and breathes bluegrass. If she isn’t working on behalf of an artist, she’s at a festival or show with her Husband’s band. She has an important skill set and drive that is just as important to Pinecastle as it is to the artists she works for which is why she is a part of the team on many of our releases.”
— Ethan Burkhardt, CEO, Pinecastle Records
“Wilson Pickins is young company that shows deep maturity and sincerity in promoting and booking their artists. Knowing that music touches the world, the goal of Wilson Pickins is to promote the music of their artists and search for those venues that are seeking the heart of "Americana". A very positive thing for "Roots Artists" these days!”
— Dale Ann Bradley, Five Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year, GRAMMY Nominated
“I get professional service from Wilson Pickins for my bands, festivals and businesses. They are dependable and reliable. The work is outstanding and I have not found anything they can’t help me with.”
— Lorraine Jordan, IBMA Award winning Band leader, Carolina Road and the Daughters of Bluegrass
“Melanie has demonstrated unbelievable enthusiasm for the Bluegrass Genre and works tirelessly for her clients. I have spent a lot of time with her over the past two years....she is becoming a real force in our genre and her company, Wilson Pickins, is growing and helping so many artists.”
— Lonnie Lassiter, MD, MBA, Owner Pinecastle Records and Bonfire Recording Company