Local Art Wanted

To all Asheville artists:

For our current CD project Lay Your Burden Down, we’re looking for a hi-res image of your art: photography, sculpture, painting, drawing – whatever!
We’re The Wilhelm Brothers, an Asheville-based band that plays Indie Folk Rock which is infectious and insightful. You may have seen us out busking at Pack Square or playing in front of Carmel’s. Or at one of our shows at Anam Cara, the LAB, Havana’s, Root Bar #1 or the Westville Pub.You’re invited to submit a hi-res image of your artwork that fits the storyline or inspiration of the title song “Lay Your Burden Down” of our album. Here’s a live recording of it on youtube:

Everything else about the CD you’ll find out.

Any of your ideas are welcome to be submitted until March 9th, 2013, please send it/them to thewilhelmbrothers.com@outlook.com. We’ll select and let you know by March 13th.

While there will be no monetary compensation at this time, here’s how we think you’ll benefit from it:

  • Expose your name and art on 1,000 CD’s, or more when sales demand it
  • Physical as well as digital distribution, where your name and webpresence will be seen
  • Regional, national and worldwide visibility
  • You can exhibit at our CD-release party on May 3rd, 2013
  • We’ll play music at an Open-Studio-event of yours
  • Local Art helps Local Music, and vice versa

For saving or printing this out, load the pdf-version of this info here.

Legal talk: by submitting the image of your work, you confirm that you own all copyrights, and that we (The Wilhelm Brothers LLC, 27 McKinnish Cove Road, Asheville NC 28806) are allowed to use it as cover art for this CD project as well as for related promotional material and activities without a time limit.


The Wilhelm Brothers – Chris and Cristof

VIP Membership Now Open

With special bonus this-week-only!

If you have enjoyed listening to our music before (online, from a CD or at a live performance), it is safe to say you like what we are bringing into this world. Maybe you even got inspired to follow your own passion more deeply.

Moving forward, we want MustMakeMusic to be a source of inspiration not only for musicians but anyone with a dream. We are building a community of musicians and music-lovers who have a passion and want to help each other out with encouragement, support and just have a cool place to hang-out. We encourage each other to share about projects, get motivated by and help one another. And along the way, we will also share heart-warming music with you.

So that is the Vision. And you can be a part of it.

Why do we want you to be part of this?

Because we see that music is more and more becoming personal…
You are no longer far away from the artists who are on big stages that seem miles away. Instead, you can see talented artists perform in smaller intimate settings designed for that up-close feel. The Evening Muse in Charlotte, Club Passim in Boston, and the Altamont Theatre in Asheville are a few examples that do just that. And of course house concerts (where the artists are literally playing in a music-lover’s living room) serve that purpose brilliantly. Plus, with the increasing use of technology in music, you can now connect with your favorite artists live online, whether it is via a Google Hangout (where you can talk directly with the artists), Concert Window (live streaming of shows with chat feature) or social media like Facebook. So, COMMUNITY matters!

Because we are more than musicians…
We call ourselves folk musicians not only because of our musical roots in the folk genre, but also because we are modern-day troubadours. We bring stories and laughter to the audiences we perform for. We have a conversation with our listeners. We bring back the flavor of people sitting by the fire and singing together. Our purpose is to bring joy to people.

And so, we open up the opportunity for YOU to become a member in this Vision. A VIP Member to be specific. By becoming a VIP Member, you are not only a financial contributor to our projects but you are also a premium fan with special access to us(10 super awesome gifts waiting for you), only afforded to VIPs.

Plus, for a limited time only (until this Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific), we are adding to the package 4 juicy bonuses (two of which will even help your business) that make becoming a VIP even sweeter.

By becoming our VIP, you are contributing to keeping music up-close and personal.

So, if you see the value in being part of this community and this amazing way of doing music, joining the VIP Membership is a smart decision.

Go over here to see how.

Until next time, be well, be happy, be blessed!
The Wilhelm Brothers – Chris and Cristof

PS: The VIP Membership including the 4 Bonuses is open for you this week. Get details here.

Cristof and Chris at Graceland in
Memphis, TN, getting inspired
by Elvis’ musical achievements.

New Live CD to Be Released September 4th

Like A Bird – Live on WDVX Blue Plate Special

Fans & friends asked for “our sound” many a times, so we are mastering & releasing a recording of a hi-energy 5-song live radio show

Once upon a time, there was a folk rock with cello-infusion duo. They toured throughout the Eastern United States, bringing their music to the people. While playing well over 200 shows in 2013, they made countless people smile. 2014 looks pretty similar in terms of number of live performances. The number of folks touched by laughter and perhaps even happiness seems to be increasing.At several of our shows, we, The Wilhelm Brothers, who above story is about, were asked for recordings of our live shows. High-quality, of course, in terms of recording as well as performance. Our listeners seem to really want to take our energy-laden performance home with them.

While we’re very grateful to be so kindly asked, we do want to deliver! The release is going to be called “Like A Bird – Live on WDVX Blue Plate Special”.

A radio performance from April 2013, that had been recorded, we found to be really awesome and great. The performance was super high-energy, the (pretty large) audience fully present and amazingly appreciative, and the WDVX staff did a stellar job mixing and recording.

The next step was to have the songs mastered. We were able to win Rachel Alina(credits: Birdie Busch, John Francis, MIKA, Katy Perry) to do the job. She had already mastered our debut EP Lay Your Burden Down. Rachel has once again proven her fantastic ear and feel for our music, we’re extremely happy.

The songs are: 1. Endless Skyway 2. The Go-Between 3. Like A Bird 4. Dare To Dream 5. Ain’t No Way Tired. Release date is September 4th, 2014; the official release will happen appropriately on yet another appearance on WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon that day. In the evening, we’ll have the CD release party at one of our favorite venues: The Bunk House in Bulls Gap TN.

Would you lend us a hand for getting the project done by backing our Kickstarter-Campaign?

Recording (meaning driving to and back from Knoxville) as well as mastering we were able to finance ourselves already. Now, we need your help in funding the remainder of the project budget. It totals approximately $1,950 and consists of:

  • replication of 1,000 CD’s and covers and set up of digital distribution (~$1,350)
  • shipping costs for promo and delivery to backers (~$400)
  • kickstarter and amazon payments fees (~$200)

You can sign up to some great rewards to enjoy in exchange for “backing” our project and thus ultimately us. You can get a German style bread baked by Cristof, or songwriting help by Chris. Take a peak and pick here 🙂

Can you do us a favor and tell your friends about us, too?

Thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve already sent our way. We truly love you! We’re very grateful you help us being on the path of the folk musician, living our dream, doing what we love.

May you always be smiling, and find and have true inner happiness

The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof