King Wilkie


    • From Charlottesville, Virginia (although no one in the band is actually from Virginia. Individually, the original band members are from Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee.)
    • Named after Bill Monroe’s favorite horse.
    • Formed in 2002 by Ted Pitney (guitar) and Reid Burgess (mandolin), both graduates of Kenyon College in Ohio.
    • Other band members: Abe Spear (banjo), Drew Breakey (bass), Nick Reeb (fiddle), John McDonald (guitar).
    • 2003, released True Songs album (no label).
    • 2003, released Broke album (Rebel Records).
    • 2004, won IBMA Award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
    • 2005, began their move towards a country-rock sound reminiscent of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers.
    • 2007, released Low Country Suite album (Zoe).
    • 2009, released The Wilkie Family Singers, a concept album featuring guests Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, John McEuen, Abigail Washburn and others.