The Paisley Fields is a Brooklyn-based alt-country band, playing a mix of country, rock and blues. The sound is Garth Brooks meets The Mamas & The Papas with a touch of Patsy Cline’s heartbreaking twang.
The group is led by James Wilson, singer, pianist and two-time ASCAP songwriters’ award winner. Trained opera singer Jessica Kimple is a founding member of the band. Guitarist/sound engineer Joe Kimple and Grammy-winning percussionist Rob Knopper are also founding members. Vocalist Anna Volpe, also a trained opera singer, recently joined the group.
The band draws inspiration from musicians as varied as Dolly Parton, Elton John, Tom Waits and Elvis Presley.
“We are at once country, bohemian and post-modern musicians,” James said. “We are inspired by current artists, but are also deeply inspired by the music we grew up with in the Midwest, as well as musicians from the 50s and 60s.”
The proof is in the music. In the first year, The Paisley Fields was named a top ten country band in NYC by multiple media outlets. The group has received recognition in the press at home and internationally. The Paisley Fields tours regularly and plans to put out a series of singles with music videos this year.