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Wilder Adkins



Biography

Wilder Adkins’s songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn. He’s a true theosophical spirit, arrestingly taciturn, but possessed of startling guitar skills, a wit as dry as October leaves, and a tremulous, dented voice that’s frankly mesmerizing.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/24/2017: Rachael Kilgour & Wilder Adkins

The two most recent grand prize winners of the NewSong Music Competition Rachael Kilgour (Minneapolis, Minnesota-2015) and the reigning grand prize recipient Wilder Adkins (Birmingham, Alabama-2016) share the stage to explore, perform, and discuss their own inspirations and methods of songwriting. Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota–based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. In addition to taking top honors of the NewSong Competition, she is also the 2017 winner of the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Contest. Kilgour has also been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and at the Sundance Film Festival's ASCAP Music Café. Wilder Adkins’s songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn. He’s a true theosophical spirit, arrestingly taciturn, but possessed of startling guitar skills, a wit as dry as October leaves, and a tremulous, dented voice that’s frankly mesmerizing.

Presented in collaboration with Verse à Refrain: An Exploration of Song presented by NewSong Music.

Video 3/9/2017: Songwriters: The Next Generation Presented by The ASCAP Foundation

Songwriters: The Next Generation Presented by The ASCAP Foundation features original works by Alabama-based singer/songwriter Wilder Adkins followed by the Jean John Trio with original jazz compositions by Žan Tetickovic. Hosted by Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce.

Wilder Adkins