Blues, and Honky Tonk
WILKINSON JAMES is Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber. With its mixture of Appalachian roots and
edgy singer-songwriter vibe, their music just might be the bastard
offspring of June Carter Cash and Townes Van Zandt. Done up in a classic duet style (Liz on
bass and percussion, AJ on guitar and harmonica, and both on vocals), their
repertoire consists of a range of covers (Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash, Everly Brothers, and the like) as well as a generous
dose of original songs.
A little on the musical pasts (and presents) of
Liz Wilkinson is a singer and songwriter who
relocated to the Twin Cities in 2008. Second Story, her band previous
to Wilkinson James, was active in the Greensboro, North Carolina
area. Her mother, Bobbie, was one of the famous Hill Sisters vocal quartet, who sang across the South in the 1950’s and
AJ Scheiber has been performing for over 30
years both as a solo artist and in blues, country, and rock bands.
His music has appeared in a number of PBS-broadcast documentaries, and his
songs have been recorded by artists such as Michigan’s Mystic Shake and
Cincinnati-based The Somebody Club.
Friday, May 24: Coffee Grounds, Falcon
Heights (with guests Floyd Barker Road), 8-10 PM
June 20-23: Infinite Love Fest, Willow River, MN (date and set time TBA)
Saturday, July 6: Coffee Grounds Music Fest, 5:45-7:15 PM
Thursday, July 25: Albertville Farmers Market (with JohnnyD Experience), set
Saturday, August 17: Precision Grind Coffee, Minneapolis, 7-9 PM
Free taste of Wilkinson James:
Click on the links below to have
a listen. These are home-studio recordings that add light band
accompaniment to Liz and AJ's live sound. But the focus stays up
front on the song craft and the distinctive vocal blend.
Almost Fine (AJ Scheiber)
All I Need (Liz Wilkinson)
(AJ Scheiber) (More on this song here)
in Carolina (AJ Scheiber)
Like what you heard? More songs here!
For bookings, please contact either Liz or AJ:
Liz Wilkinson: email@example.com; 612-695-2240
AJ Scheiber: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Wilkinson James News Feed / Photo Gallery
All thanks to the writers and photographers who make
us sound smart and look good!
Walsh's photos of WJ in action
performance of “Indiana Girl” (Coffee Grounds, Falcon Heights, MN)
performing at Jabbyfest 2013
(no audio—only reporter voice-over—but nice action video)