Peter Wilson has toured and performed since 1978 in concerts, coffeehouses, honky tonks, colleges, trains and nightclubs across the US and Canada. He’s appeared at the Speakeasy in Greenwich Village, Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Backstage in Seattle. He’s recorded songs for Fast Folk Music Magazine and is included in the Smithsonian archives. Wilson has opened for Robert Cray, Etta James, David Lindley, Maria Muldaur, Mose Allison, Tom Paxton and Jesse Winchester.
He’s a member of the Deadbeats – a long running tip-of-the-hat to the music and songs of the Grateful Dead.
Along with his songwriting cohorts, Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon, they’ve written scores of songs, toured and released a studio CD – Troubadour Camp.
At home in Grass Valley, California Wilson has hosted radio variety shows and open mic. nights. His production company, Strings Concerts, presents events and provides support services for presenters and festivals on the west coast.
Peter Wilson, John Girton, Joe Craven & Darol Anger
In the midst of the worldwide pandemic, in every conceivable combination, stringed instrument players Peter Wilson, Joe Craven, John Girton & Darol Anger found themselves together in concert halls, patios and on live-streams.
Solo acts Mountain John Hilligoss, Moe Dixon and Peter Wilson first met in the late 1970s in southern Vermont while performing on the New England folk music circuit. Over the years they’ve performed as duos and trios across the country. In 2008 they spent a week in the mountains of Pennsylvania dusting off their musical partnership and writing songs. That gathering has become an annual event – dubbed “Troubadour Camp” – and has generated a body of work that includes over 60 songs and an undetermined number of stories.
The Deadbeats formed during the Summer of 1994 on the idea they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers. Soon it was apparent the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that captured the essence of a Dead show. They’ve gone on to perform at countless Northern California venues and festivals along with founding the annual Jerry Bash. The current Deadbeats line up includes Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Gary Campus, Rob Kopp, Peter Wilson, Jenn Knapp & Glenn Tucker.
A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the creative production of foothills promoter/musician Paul Emery. In 2011, the group assembled for three sold-out evenings at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and went on to perform at the Nevada Theatre, the 24th Street Theatre and the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. The eight-piece band and six singers bring the instrumentation of Cohen’s most recent touring band with woodwinds, strings, guitars and keyboards and back-up singers.