21st Century Blues
Van Wilks’ name is synonymous with the iron muscle of Texas Blues Rock. 21st Century Blues reinforces this with 12 finely crafted songs that stay true to the American roots masters, but bring that feel into the here and now by combining low down, juke joint blues with a melodic pop sensibility, edgy word play, and blistering guitar. Van’s firey fretwork is the thread holding it all together, and the sum of all these parts is unmistakably Van Wilks!
Declared “a perfect cross between Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen” by the Austin-American Statesman, Van Wilks has toured nationally and internationally with such acts as ZZ Top (whose Billy Gibbons is one of Van’s biggest supporters) and torn the roof off nightclubs and concert halls from Lubbock, Texas , the Virgin Islands, Moscow, Paris, Madrid, and countless points all over Europe. As the Houston Chronicle noted of one show: “By the end of the night we were all so delirious we wouldn’t let them go until they came out for several post-closing-time encores.”
Van Wilks cuts his devotion for blues with a funk, hard rock edge and polishes it with melodic undertones. It wears its influences well, rendering his sound distinct, compelling and unmistakable. What Wilks brings to the Texas (and World) table, he delivers with ferocious tenacity, passionate playing and Lone Star panache.
“Van Wilks continues to make some of
the city’s hottest guitar rock.”
– The Austin Chronicle
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Great style and a very Texas-tasteful approach to a bluesy rock delivery throughout!”
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top