If you have more than a passing interest in singer/songwriter types, you probably know Wilson from Heartworn Highways. And if you're a local, you probably recognize his voice as the former host of GPB's "Georgia Backroads".
Wilson was a personal hero of the Black Swans' frontman Jerry DeCicca, who produced Wilson's final, self-titled CD for Drag City in 2008. Now DeCicca is traveling throughout the South performing with an acoustic trio (acoustic guitar/harmonica/vocals, banjo, double bass), and has three Georgia shows booked this month:
9-21 (Tuesday) Atlanta - WonderRoot
9-22 (Wednesday) Augusta - Soul Bar
9-23 (Thursday) Athens - Farm 255
"I think Larry Jon Wison is one of the great singer/songwriters of all time," says DeCicca. "Literate, sensitive, not macho, very Southern. He hadn't made a record in almost 30 years, but with three years of trust and lies and arm twisting and long drives, I helped him make a great record."
In a way, his description of Wilson's songwriting describes a bit of what the Black Swans do, but the group takes on a much more austere tone. Surely the group will play a Wison song or two tonight, as well as a few from its latest album, Words Are Stupid, which came out in April on the Secretly Canadian-owned boutique label St. Ives.
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