Jack Wilson

Artist of the Month | August 2017

 

How much do I like K&K pickups? Enough to have installed them in four acoustic guitars. Three of these guitars already had other well-respected systems installed that were replaced with K&K. The K&K Pure Pickup sounds more natural and warmer to my ears than the other systems did. No infamous “quack” sound with the Pure Pickup! My current setup is a Pure Classic with a Pure XLR Mach 2 Preamp for my nylon string and a PowerMix Pure System for my steel string.

Jack Wilson is an accomplished guitarist from the Chicagoland area. He is the 1st place winner of the 2016 International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held at the Walnut Valley festival in Winfield, Kansas. (He placed 2nd in 2015.) This contest is considered, by many, the Olympics of fingerpicking. In addition, he has won seven other guitar contests as well as a bass contest. He currently freelances as a guitarist and bassist in bands, performs as a solo fingerstyle guitarist, teaches guitar and bass lessons, and on occasion, produces and engineers recording projects for other artists.

Whether performing with a group or solo, he is a chameleon of a player, being able to shift comfortably from acoustic to electric, pick or fingerstyle in a wide range of styles. He developed this versatility from an upbringing of listening to his mother’s R&B 45′s, playing hard rock and heavy metal with his friends, learning bluegrass and country standards from his guitar playing grandfather, and as a jazz and classical guitar major in college. This exposure has not only been invaluable as a performer, but also as a composer and instructor.

He has released one cd appropriately titled “Fidgety Digits” that demonstrates his fingerstyle arranging and writing abilities. He immediately gets your attention on the opening track by producing a cowbell sound from the guitar from his version of “Low Rider” by the band War. He is currently working on some of his original material, as well as another fingerstyle cd to be released in the near future.

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