I have recently been working with The Colt Wilbur Band on their upcoming album “The Reckoning.” Colt was raised in the backwoods of South Central Pennsylvania, explaining his draw to Country music. This quickly turned into a passion for Colt, and he is following this passion along with his band; Jason on Drums, Joe on Guitar, and Ryan on Bass. He has preformed at venues all over South Central PA, and has opened for Kix Brooks (of Brooks and Dunn), Love and Theft, Shooter Jennings, and Josh Thompson. He has also been featured on Red 102.3 and Z Country 106.7.
When Colt and I first started working on his album, the original intent was for it to just be him, doing acoustic versions of his songs that he had been playing for so long in clubs. After we got the guitars and the majority of his vocals laid down, he expressed some interest in adding other instruments and percussion into the mix. Before I knew it we had almost a full band on a few of the songs. From there, we chose some additional instruments that we could use to compliment the songs. One part was a pedal steel, played by Henry Cassel, who is one of the few “real classic country” pedal steal players in this area. We also utilized Raczar Lopatic on violin.
As it turned out, we went about tracking this project in a different order than normal, but I feel that a few unexpected twists and turns along the way gave it some extra character in the end. Since then, the band has become a well oiled machine and they have been tearing it up in venues all across central PA. This album captures the moments when The Colt Wilbur Band first met and came together as a band. I know they are hard at work and writing new material all the time. I’m excited and looking forward to what’s next for them.
For more information on The Colt Wilbur Band and to follow their performance schedule, visit their facebook page.