A Deeper Shade of Blue is proud to share the news of their newest member, SC Banjo player, Steve Wilson. Most have likely seen Wilson fill in with the band at some point over the last year, for the recently retired Jim Fraley.
Steve first met Troy Pope, guitar player and vocalist for the band in Pigeon Forge at the Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Festival in December 2018. Knowing there were some dates fast approaching where a fill in would be needed, and the two hitting it off, Troy asked Steve if he would be willing to step in. Wilson immediately jumped on board to help out and with the chemistry on stage and off going well, he became the band's go to banjo guy when needed.
Steve says: "I am very excited about what the future holds with these guys and humbled to have been chosen to step in where such an iconic musician is taking his exit. Jimmy Fraley has been a staple in not just this band, but the bluegrass music community as a whole and that is not something I take lightly. I'm looking forward to continuing forward with Deeper Shade, making great records and playing fun shows. This is a great fit for me as a banjo player and for my life."
In November 2019, Steve's WILSON CUSTOM BANJOS company, sponsored the 1st Annual NC Bluegrass and Banjo Fest in Clemmons, NC. It was very fitting that he was the one to present Jim Fraley with the prestigious banjo award as part of the event.
While A Deeper Shade of Blue did of course have to cancel a number of dates due to the pandemic, they still have a healthy amount of performances on their 2020 schedule, and continue to add more.
The band is also looking forward to getting back into the studio this year and recording a new album for Mountain Fever Records. This will follow up their debut 2018 STEAM release for the label. Stay tuned for the latest news on their music and schedule updates on Facebook or their band website.
Folks will identify Steve as the band leader from his band Wilson Banjo Co., which was formed to expose the sound and custom build of his banjos. The band released their “Spirits in the Hills” album in 2017 on Bonfire Records, and had a great deal of chart success with their Gospel single "Ain't No Grave," which reached the number one Gospel spot multiple times, as well as six other tracks that also made it onto the various charts.
Steve's Custom Wilson Banjos are played by incredible bluegrass pickers like Dale Perry (Fast Track, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver), Tony Wray (Tyminski, Blue Mafia, Tina Adair Band) and Gena Britt (Sister Sadie, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Lou Reid & Carolina).
Steve has been involved in the music industry one way or another for many years. He's played in several bands from NY to Tennessee, honing his skills. He also worked for the Gibson Custom Art Division in Nashville, built some fine banjos, and is a recording engineer and producer with recorded projects for Dale Ann Bradley, Flashback, Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett, Gena Britt, The King James Boys, Branded Bluegrass, Jim & Lynna Woolsey, and more to his credit.
Steve Wilson is very excited about this next chapter and looks forward to seeing all of you on the road with A Deeper Shade of Blue.
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