Peter Wilson has toured and performed since 1978 in coffeehouses, 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. A regular performer at the Palms Playhouse in Davis, California, Wilson has opened for Robert Cray, Etta James, David Lindley, Maria Muldaur and Mose Allison as well as for folk acts like John McCutchen, Tom Paxton, Jesse Winchester and Jerry Jeff Walker.
He’s a member of the Deadbeats – a long running tip-of-the-hat to the music and songs of the Grateful Dead.
He’s a founding member of Paul Emery’s 1000 Kisses Deep – The Songs of Leonard Cohen.
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.
His dance band the American Pyramids have played rock and roll around Northern California since 1985.
His teaching experience includes stints teaching guitar and song at Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle 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.
Reviews and Recommendations
“Damn he’s good…”
– Jessie Winchester
“Hey, good job.”
– David Lindley
“Peter writes, plays and sings wonderfully well and his songs are filled with humor, heart and conscience. He’s a philosopher-wise-guy who hits the nail on the head without bending it.”
– U. Utah Phillips
– John McCutchen
“I want to sound like Peter.”
– Antsy McClain – Trailer Park Troubadours
“Through the 10 years or so that I’ve known Peter he’s pretty much carried the flag for the folk tradition in our area. I highly recommend that you spend an evening with him, hear some good music and get to know a truly fine human while you’re at it.”
– Dakota Sid Clifford
“…widely regarded as the area’s best songwriter, Wilson is at his best performing live.”
– Paul Harrar – The Union
” …the demi-comic, folkish singer from Grass Valley delighted Palms audiences with his ingenuous mix of Arlo Guthrie, Bob Weir and sheer originality.”
– John V. Hurst , Sacramento Bee
“Wilson is a strong live performer. He can perform original material to an audience numbed into apathy and make them listen. …he’ll get outrageous and he’ll get away with it.”
– Peter Berkow, Chico Times
” A strong first entry, plenty of diversity and some good originals.”
– Chris Lunn, Victory Music Folk & Jazz Review
“One of the great guys…”
– Paul Emery, North Colombia Folk Festival
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