Who is Wilson County?

Wilson County is from Seguin, a small town in South Central Texas, about 35 miles east of San Antonio, and they are beginning to turn heads on a global basis. Wilson County songs have been described as "America meets The Eagles."

In a sea of mediocre Americana Indie Folk Rock bands, Wilson County stands out not only because of their magnetic twist of folk-rock, country, blues, and bluegrass influences, or their layered three-part harmonies. Their ability to capture a moment in a song, like a snapshot - but often revealing something deeper, set them apart. Their songs are lyrically simple but emotionally complex.

Their self-released debut album"C.R. 434"  was very well received as evidenced by the 5 Star review given by Dixie McCorkel, CMA/CCMA/ECMA, of Triple Strand Productions: 
"Fabulous first album--can't wait to hear the rest! Great songs guys. I'd love to play some of these on my syndicated show "Country Legends In The Making" that reaches 400 am/FM stations around the world."

Or this fan who attended the album release party:
"Thank you for the wonderful celebration of your C.R.434 CD at the Court Street Coffee Shop in Seguin, TX, which was filled to capacity by cheering fans enjoying your highly-entertaining music of well-written songs!! I am so happy to keep the memory through my purchase of your CD!"
-Laurie Boetchler

More recently:
"Oh my gosh! In a world where there are so many, many different types, styles, and frankly just " noise " it's so, so cool to hear ya all playing something that I can really enjoy hearing over and over again. A helluva sound for sure, Encore! Encore"       
- Dixie Luper 

"Awesome, I love the harmony and great music."       
-Billy Patterson

Although 2016 was a very exciting year for Wilson County as they released their first album "C.R. 434," 2019 is going to be even more exciting for them and their Fans! Wilson County has significantly upped their game; better songs, adding drums (Tony Morris) and adding a fiddle (Ron Knuth) on several tracks! Their upcoming album, Bottom Of The Deck, will be released later this year and is definitely something to look forward to! 

 

Wilson County at their C.R. 434 Album release party.

Wilson County at their C.R. 434 Album release party.

Wilson County has four members. Bill Salt and Jeff Ray are the founding members and were later joined by Bruce Hartwig and Brady Renner.

Bill plays rhythm guitar and sings lead (sometimes) and background vocals.

Jeff plays rhythm guitar on some songs but he is our golden voice! He captures so much of what a song is about with his incredible voice!

Bruce plays... well, if it has strings, I think Bruce can play it! Bruce plays lead guitar, both acoustic (6 and 12 string) and electric, mandolin, lap steel, dobro, and a little banjo! He also is a critically important part of Wilson County harmonies.

Brady plays bass and even with the addition of drums, he continues to be the heartbeat of the band.

There is a powerful quote pertaining to music on the Wilson County home page from E.Y. Harburg, famous lyricist. He states:

"Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought."

Wilson County hopes their songs make you feel thoughts.