The Blue Ridge Connection, Volume 1
The Blue Ridge Connection, Volume 1 is the new concept album from author/ musician, Shane Wilson, and poet/ percussionist, Neil Ray. The album uses original songs and poetry to tell the story of a young man named Martin who goes into the western North Carolina mountains in search of answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions.
Along the way, Martin meets a talking snake and falls in love with a woman named Faith. In the album’s final moments, as Martin and Faith drive an old Chevy into the sky, the album refuses to answer Martin’s questions, implying that asking the questions at all is both a futile act and infinitely more powerful than finding the answers.
The Blue Ridge Connect is an evolving collective of artists brought together by the magic of the western North Carolina mountains. This iteration is a collaborative effort between Neil Ray (percussion and poetry), Shane Wilson (vocals, guitar, lyrics), Michelle Winfrey (vocals), and Drea Dreiling (violin).
The Blue Ridge Connection, Volume 1 releases on July 3, 2020 on all major streaming platforms and physical media (available here).
Shane Wilson: Realistic Fantasy with a Sharp Edge and a Big Heart
Shane Wilson is a storyteller. No matter the medium, the emphasis of his work is on the magical act of the story, and how the stories we tell immortalize us and give voice to the abstractions of human experience. His first two contemporary fantasy novels, set in his World of Muses universe, are currently available.
Born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, Shane is a child of the southeastern United States where he feels simultaneously at-home and out-of-place. He graduated from Valdosta State University in south Georgia with a Masters in English. He taught college English in Georgia for four years before moving to North Carolina in 2013.
Shane plays guitar and writes songs with his two-man-band, Sequoia Rising. He writes songs as he writes stories--with an emphasis on the magic of human experience. He tends to chase the day with a whiskey (Wild Turkey 101) and a re-run of The Office.
Shane's novels are A Year Since the Rain (Snow Leopard Publishing, 2016) and The Smoke in His Eyes (GenZ Publishing, 2018). Shane's short story, "The Boy Who Kissed the Rain" was the 2017 Rilla Askew Short Fiction Prize winner and was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize.
Shane is currently at work on a new novel.
Rock n' roll, baby.