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WES COLLINS – A SOUND YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

Describing his music style as “guitar-driven folk-pop with teeth,” it’s no mystery why we’d want to sink in deeper to this songwriter’s curious psyche. We sat down with Wes Collins, one of the top ten finalists in the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest, in an effort to find out more about his mush-mouthed noises and how he finds the lyrics and tunes within his music.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival:  What is your genre of music?

Collins:  My bio quote is “guitar driven folk pop with teeth.” I guess in terms of established genres, I’d say I’m a pop singer songwriter.

WAMFest:  Do you play any other instruments other than guitar and piano? 

Collins:  I know just enough bodhran (a traditional celtic frame drum) to be dangerous, so I sold mine. So no other instruments, just guitar.

WAMFest:  Are you solo? Play with any other groups?

Collins:  I’m mostly solo, but I play in a group here in Chapel Hill too. We call ourselves The Bennys.

WAMFest:  What song inspired you to become a songwriter?

Collins:  I don’t remember which particular one planted the seed. I wanted to write songs for years (and years and years) before I actually wrote one.

WAMFest:  What else inspires you to write? 

Collins:  Any writing: short story, poetry, television, or movie, that articulates a point of view I hadn’t imagined before inspires me. Art like that kind of says, “hey, you know you can do this any old way, if only you connect on the other end.” And it’s odd, some artists who consistently do this inspire me to try new things, and others make me want to give up and erase everything I’ve ever done. I don’t know why that is.

 

 

WAMFest:  What typically strikes you first, the music or the lyrics?

Collins:  A strong melody pulls me into any song, and then I can get a gander at the lyrics. Nothing compares to when they land at the same time though.

WAMFest:  What makes you unique?

Collins:  (A mush-mouthed “I don’t know” kind of noise) I reckon this is true of all of us, but I’m a product of all the stuff I’ve listened to and tried to learn all these years; Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Patty Griffin in my case.

WAMFest:  What song can make you cry?

Collins:  Tom Meny’s “Take Me Home” destroys me. I’d love to cover it but I can’t get through it without my throat closing up. Same goes for Patty Griffin’s “Crying Over.”

WAMFest:  What song can change your mood in moments?

Collins:  “She’s an Angel,” by They Might Be Giants. It’s silly and impossibly sweet at the same time, with a beautiful melody.

WAMFest:  Favorite songwriters?

Collins:  Neil Finn, Patty Griffin, and Anais Mitchell.

WAMFest:  Best live show you’ve seen?

Collins:  Ooh. Um, Peter Gabriel made me cry three times in one night on the US tour. Crowded House in 1993 was a high water mark for me as well. Oh! And Leo Kottke in 1987.

WAMFest:  If you could play with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Collins:  Stevie Wonder, because STEVIE WONDER. Or, The Bothy Band, circa 1979. In either case, I’d be in sponge mode, soaking in as much as I could hold.

WAMFest:  How did it feel to hear yourself on the radio for the first time?

Collins:  The room tilted a little. Similar to when my lovely wife Anita conspired to get two of my songs lathe cut onto a 45 disc. I sat cross legged on the floor and felt six years old.

What obstacles do you face on this journey as an artist? To borrow a phrase, I tend to compare my insides with other artists’ outsides, and that’s demotivating. I am also so disorganized it’s almost funny (from a distance).

WAMFest:  Do you have any other talents or skills?

Collins:  I can do voices, and I’m a fair cook.

Wes Collins will compete for one of four $500 prizes including the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award on May 19, at 11:30 a.m. on the United HealthCare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center and the contest results to be announced at 4:30 p.m.  #WAMFest2018 www.wildflowerfestival.com

Website:  www.wescollins.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/wescollinsmusic/

 

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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