Listeners will get their chance to experience C.C. Wilson’s interpretation of the blues Saturday at the Big Gig music festival. Admission is free, and concertgoers will have the opportunity to help their favorite Big Gig artist win the chance to perform at Riverport Amphitheater during the Mississippi Earthtones Festival in September.
C.C. Wilson says his new CD, “Blues as a Second Language,” may not be what you expect.
“A couple of songs are what you might call ‘typical blues,’ but the others definitely stretch the genre a little bit,” Wilson says. “There is a little bit of rock flavor in there, and even a little country.”
The process was a creative journey for Wilson, and he says the CD decided the path he would take.
“I write what I write,” he said. “It dawned on me that I had enough bluesy songs to fill a CD. I didn’t want to mix styles and have a few rock songs, a few blues songs, and so on.”
Listeners will get their chance to experience Wilson’s interpretation of the blues Saturday at the Big Gig music festival, where he will be performing alongside his longtime friends, popular local band The Owlz (Al Coalson, Byron Sutton, Bill Sehlmeyer, Mike Young, and Chuck Hirschberg). Wilson says the collaboration has proven interesting, as in the case of his song “Share Some Regrets with Me.”
“That song has a sax solo, but The Owlz do not have a sax player, so we replace the sax solo with a muted trumpet. It gives it a different take.”
Wilson, whose real name is Charlie (“I changed my stage name to C.C. because there is already a well-known Charlie Wilson who played with the Gap Band … and is the world really ready for another Charlie Wilson?”), has played in bands for decades throughout Texas and California. Originally from the area, he moved back in 1993 and now calls Brighton home.
C.C. Wilson and the Owlz will fill the “blues” slot of the Big Gig music festival, taking place from 5 p.m. until midnight on Saturday on Third Street in Downtown Alton. Admission is free, and concertgoers will have the opportunity to help their favorite Big Gig artist win the chance to perform at Riverport Amphitheater during the Mississippi Earthtones Festival this September. For more information, call (618) 463-1016.
Wilson’s new CD will be available through his website, coming soon, as well as Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, and other sites. Until then, he says copies will be for sale at the Big Gig music festival. He also will have a CD release party Sept. 28 at the Grafton Winery.