Folk, Blues, and Honky Tonk

  Please visit our new band site at www.reverbnation.com/wilkinsonjames for rough mixes from our forthcoming album project!

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 Wilkinson James:

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 1960’s.

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.


Upcoming dates:


Thursday, April 10:  Singer-songwriter showcase (set time and other acts TBA), Driftwood Char Bar, MPLS

Friday, April 18:  Acadia Bar and Grill, with Courtney Yasmineh and the Serfs; WJ set at 9:00 PM

Saturday, April 26:  Amore Coffee, West St. Paul, 7-9 PM

Saturday, May 3:  Eagles Club, Minneapolis; WJ set at 9:30; other bands TBA

Saturday, May 17: Amore Coffee, West St. Paul, 7-9 PM

Friday, May 24:  Coffee Grounds, Falcon Heights, 8-10 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)
Indiana Girl (AJ Scheiber) (More on this song here)
My Head's in Carolina (AJ Scheiber)
Scorpio Girl (AJ Scheiber)

Like what you heard? More songs here!

For bookings, please contact either Liz or AJ:

Liz Wilkinson:   auntfiz@hotmail.com; 612-695-2240
AJ Scheiber:   ajscheiber@stthomas.edu; 651-451-0360

Wilkinson James News Feed / Photo Gallery

All thanks to the writers and photographers who make us sound smart and look good!


John Walsh's photos of WJ in action

Live performance of “Indiana Girl” (Coffee Grounds, Falcon Heights, MN)