I am sure everyone around these parts knows about the Wilson Brothers Band. Alexander City natives and brothers Kyle and Chad Wilson have been performing together for years, and it is so great to see them achieving their dreams. I sat down with Kyle for some insight into the band’s journey so far.
LH: Kyle, thank you so much for chatting with me. I heard you guys had a big month! Tell me what it was like to win Best Country Duo at the Nashville Industry Music Awards?
KW: It has been an incredible experience so far. To be recognized by our peers and receive nominations for Best Live Performance and Best Country Group/Duo is a huge accomplishment in itself. We never expected to win, but our fans pulled through for us once again. It’s a dream come true. We can’t thank you all enough – especially our family and friends back home in Alexander City.
LH: Can you share a little bit about your current album? How would you describe the vibe compared to previous periods in your musical careers?
KW: We worked really hard on this record. Our producer, Chris Rowe, pushed us as writers and singers harder than anyone. He had a great vision, and he helped bring to life our own brand of country music. As artists, we are all constantly evolving into the next phase of our careers.
LH: Tell us about your singles Loving You Loving on Me and It All Looks Good From Here – both are awesome songs. Do you write all your own music or are you doing some collaborations? Who would be your dream collaborator on a song or album?
KW: Our first single Loving You Loving On Me opened up a lot of doors for us and gave us national attention. It ended up charting on Billboard and Music Row along with spending three weeks at No. 1 on Cranked Up Country Top 25. Our current single It All Looks Good From Here debuted at No. 1 on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown, where it sat for three weeks in that spot and seven weeks in the top 5.
Both songs have helped launch our careers to the next level, and the response has been overwhelming. We do write all of our own music, and we are hands-on in the studio with arrangements as well.
There may be some new names on our upcoming record. Our fans will just have to wait and see! We will be releasing a collaborative song in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. It’s a surprise, but some of the names are very recognizable.
I would love to write a song or album with John Mayer, Cody Johnson or maybe even Vince Gill. Of course, there are so many. Chad has his own take on this question, too. We are huge fans of great writing and songs that mean something to the listeners.
LH: I know you guys have spent a lot of time on the road this year. Do you have some downtime coming up in the fall? What are your plans, and what is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
KW: It has been an incredible year. The touring season tends to slow down through the winter months, but we are always working. We are constantly writing, rehearsing and pushing ourselves to be better and putting out a good product. When I’m off, I like to hunt, fish and be outside. We spend a lot of time with our families and friends as well.
LH: If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
KW: It’s hard to imagine myself doing anything else. I honestly believe music is my calling. But I do love baseball and football, so maybe I would be in the pros – haha. Or running some kind of corner sports bar with a great kitchen!
LH: What’s 2020 look like for the band? Any big festivals or goals you are shooting for?
KW: We will be touring more than ever. Our new record will be out, and our next radio single will be released, so it will be wide open. We are definitely shooting for some bigger festivals or possibly supporting an artist or group such as Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Whiskey Myers. The CMAs or the Grammys would top the bucket list. We pray about it and trust that God will lead us down the path he has set for us.
~ Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, rides horses and loves good wine (but isn't afraid of the boxed wine). Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @LaceyHowell.