DANNY WILKERSON (Arlington, TX)
One of the great honors of Big Stir Records' partnership with the mighty SPYDERPOP RECORDS is the chance to showcase the wonderful music of DANNY WILKERSON.
He’s been a Mayor, a Pickle, and a Pengwin. He’s played music all over the world, sang on a Weird Al Yankovic record, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Danny Wilkerson has accomplished quite a bit since he first began playing music as a youngster, but there’s one thing he hadn’t been able to check off his bucket list until 2018's release of his first solo album WILKERSON. That record, produced by Bleu McAuley, would go on to top many “Year's Best” lists across the global pop-rock world and is ranked by many as a modern classic. With a digital relaunch of Wilkerson slated for this summer, along with the arrival at our webstore of the record's gorgeous vinyl edition, we're confident that a wider swath of the world will agree.
But first, a bit of background. Like so many musicians, Danny cut his teeth on the music of The Beatles, and he received his first drum kit on his thirteenth birthday. (Never one to waste time, he set about forming a band the very next day.) Eventually he hooked up with Texas pop/rock legends The Pengwins, who opened shows for artists such as Cheap Trick, Joe Ely, and the Beach Boys, recorded at Abbey Road, and performed all over the world. Danny has also played in a variety of cover bands, including The Pickles (“they were a big dill for a while”) and Generation Rumble (“we played only what we wanted to hear”). In addition to his musical pursuits, Danny also served as Mayor of Annetta North, TX for four years.
But although Danny's list of achievements was impressive and expansive, the release of Wilkerson was still a watershed and a revelation. The record turned out to be a bi-coastal affair: half the album was recorded at Bleu’s studio and Taylor Locke’s Velveteen Laboratory in Los Angeles and mixed by Grammy-nominated David Spreng, who has worked with Bob Dylan and Alice Cooper; the other half was tracked in Boston at two-time Grammy winning Ducky Carlisle’s (Flashcubes, The Major Labels) studio with Carlisle mixing, as well as drumming on a few tunes. Other luminaries who offer vocal and instrumental support on Wilkerson include Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck, Imperial Drag); Joe Sieders (The New Pornographers); the Boston Symphony Strings; Josh Kaufman (Season six’s winner on The Voice); and Pat Buchanan (Idle Jets, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Don Henley).
Marquee names aside, the stars of the record – as with any SpyderPop release – are the songs. They feature peerless musicianship and thoughtful lyrics, which mesh perfectly with Wilkerson’s pure, emotive lead vocals. The album is truly a feast for the ears – one listen and you’ll be hooked. With the release of Wilkerson, not only did Danny Wilkerson cross a major item off his bucket list, he created a singular album hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the finest records of 2018. We can't wait to bring it to more waiting ears this summer.
Includes all of the following plus assorted additional swag from your friends at Big Stir and SpyderPop Records: Lannie Flowers: Kiss A Memory (45 + digital) Danny Wilkerson: Let It Go Tonight SIngle (CD + digital) Lannie Flowers: Kiss A Memory (45 + digital) Lannie Flowers: Best I Can (45 + digital) Lannie Flowers: Another Weekend (45 + digital) The re-Used Electrics: For Johnny (CD + digital) Pat Buchanan: Sandbox Single (CD + digital) The Pengwins: If U Want 2 (45 + digital) Big Stir Singles: The Fifth Wave (CD featuring two exclusive Lannie Flowers tracks) ...and downloads including Lannie Flowers: Not Home: The Alternative Versions (new and exclusive digital only EP), and Lannie Flowers: Live in NYC (full length live album)