The Wilson Pickers, “Australia’s favourite good idea at the time”, on Friday, January 26, launched their new album, Live!
The Pickers have been playing around the country for the past 18 months in support of their 3rd Aria nominated album You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train.
Along the way they have taken their jovial, virtuosic and often spell binding show to Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Spiegel Tent in Hobart, Riverboats in Echuca, Splendour in the Grass, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Yeppoon Village Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Dashville Skyline, Wallaby Creek Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. It has been a hell of a ride!
The Live! album, mixed by John Castle and mastered by Nick DiDia is a dynamic snapshot of The Pickers’ 2017 set at Byron Bay Bluesfest.
“We didn’t even know that Heath [Storrie, live engineer] had pressed record so this album is us totally going for it unawares of the red light being on” says guitarist/astronomer Danny Widdicombe.
The band has announced the first live shows in support of the album. After playing this weekend in at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, they have the following shows still to come:
The Wilson Pickers are a three-time ARIA and one time Golden Guitar nominated, formidable five piece acoustic and vocal harmony group hailing from four separate states of Australia’s East Coast. Each of the players has an impeccable songwriting and playing pedigree. Since forming in 2009 as side project between John Bedggood, Andrew Morris, Sime Nugent, Ben Salter and Danny Widdicombe, the Pickers struck a major chord and became festival favorites around the country, renowned for their exquisite harmony singing and jovial attitude. Their 2016 album, You Can’t Catch Fish from A Train, was a triumphant return to the stage and studio after a five year hiatus while their beloved guitarist, Danny recovered from leukaemia. Their early 2018 LIVE album features the band at their best at the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest.