Press Release for Immediate Release
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Asheville/Candler, NC, in October 2015
Asheville/Candler, NC, in October 2015
The way music is produced, recorded, and above all listened to has radically changed over the last decade or two. What hasn’t changed is its effects; its intention and purpose; its role of bringing people together; its meaning to the listener.
Music evokes emotions of all kinds, unites people from around the globe peacefully, and inspires the listener to think about his or her own life, decisions, attitude toward life, and to make changes toward a better version of themselves.
The Wilhelm Brothers, a band on the rise, from Asheville, North Carolina, are fully aware of this. On their website they claim “our music aims to inspire and spread a positive, peaceful, healing message.”
The band’s recent CD release is “The Sea of the Unwritten” (digitally in April 2015, physically in August 2015). Many of the album’s 11 songs point, with their lyrics, to the unlimited possibilities of our thoughts and creativity, and how being conscious of it all can make the biggest difference in co-creating our own reality and make dreams come true.
For example, the title track’s first verse calls upon our own power and ability to grow from experience and ever-developing insight: “Far beyond the sundown / With the eyes upon the wind / May you change the world / That you’re living in // Can you see a bigger picture / Year after year / Shall we walk through the garden / With no more fear.”
Singer and songwriter of The Wilhelm Brothers is mainly Chris Wilhelm. His influences range from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to modern day musical poets such as Connor Oberst. His intake of positive literature inspires song lyrics as well, such as words by Jack Canfield, Kahlil Gibran or the late Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Together with classically trained cellist Cristof Ensslin’s major influences, such as Geshe Michael Roach, Sakyong Mipham and Abraham Hicks, their song deliver on the promise of positivity.
In “Diamond Cutter” - a song obviously part-inspired by the book with the same name by the above mentioned Roach - The Wilhelm Brothers make the listener aware that “you can take a body, but you cannot take a heart.”
Their powerful messages culminate in what may be or become the album’s most favorite tune of many listeners, Long Live Your Tomorrows: “Long live your tomorrows / May you carry on / I’ve seen them weak / And I’ve seen them strong.”
The sound of the band is a unique blend of folksy-rocky singer-songwriter style, infused with the sonic beauty of Ensslin’s cello - at times plucked for an Americana-ish bass line, at times bowed for vibrant melodies and solos. The vocal harmonies are catchy, and Wilhelm’s acoustic rhythm guitar as well as classic drum beats and a solid bass guitar hold it all together.
The album was recorded by Henry Hirsch (most acclaimed for his work with Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and Vanessa Paradis) and Rachel Alina (credits include P!nk, Federico Aubele, Stephen Marley) at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, New York, an old church hall with celestial acoustics.
The Sea of the Unwritten, The Wilhelm Brothers’ third official release, is available for download on iTunes or Amazon, as physical CD’s from leading independent music distributor CDBaby.com, and for online streaming on music platforms such as Spotify or Rhapsody.
More information about The Wilhelm Brothers, including their show and tour schedule is to be found on their official webpage www.thewilhelmbrothers.com
About The Wilhelm Brothers - Folk Rock with Cello Infusion:
There was chemistry and musical sparks flying when The Wilhelm Brothers’ Chris Wilhelm (guitar/lead vocals) and Cristof Ensslin (cello/vocal harmonies) hit off their first note together at a recording session for the song Trail Of The Lonesome Pine. They have been sharing the same dream: to play for crowds of 10,000 and more.
The Asheville NC area-based act's energy is focused on this vision, having played close to 500 shows since their inception as a duo in January 2013. Highlights on their journey so far are recording their debut EP Lay Your Burden Down (2013) as well as their most recent full-length album The Sea of the Unwritten (2015) with long-time Lenny Kravitz-producer Henry Hirsch (other credits include Mick Jagger, Lionel Richie, Madonna), opening for nationally and internationally known artist such as Takenobu, David LaMotte and Pearl and the Beard (as trio Wilhelm McKay with Liam McKay), and receiving terrestrial and web-radio airplay (e.g. WOXL-HD2, WSQL, WWCU, WKNC and more), TV coverage (WLOS’ morning show) as well as getting their own Pandora Radio channel.
The duo expanded into a trio in the fall of 2015 by including drummer and vocalist Tyler William Dewey. The larger setup allows for wider participation at larger stages as well festivals. http://www.thewilhelmbrothers.com
Album Press Kit online: http://www.thewilhelmbrothers.com/p/the-sea-of-unwritten.html
The Wilhelm Brothers LLC, 95B Rutherford Rd., Candler NC 28715