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“The Paisley Fields play it very straight (so to speak), musically speaking. Most of what they do wouldn't sound out of place on commercial country radio, and with two opera-trained singers and the absurdly prolific pen of songwriter James Wilson, they can belt out the heartbreak with the best of 'em. Still, it's pretty rare to see a country band whose lyrics and videos are this up-front about same-sex love affairs."

               -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

 

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June 25th - New York City - Rockbar - Queer Music Festival - 7:00pm 

July 9th - Becket, MA - Dream Away Lodge - 8:30pm 

July 11th - Jamaica Plain, MA - The Midway Cafe - 9:00pm

July 12th - Somerville, MA - Sally O'Brien's 7:30pm 

July 14th - Newburyport, MA - Evolvement Radio - 7:15pm - Airs Saturday July 18th 

July 15th - Portland, ME - Flask Lounge - 8:30pm 

July 16th - Brattleboro, VT - Roots Social Justice Center - 7:00pm

July 17th - Housatonic, MA - Brickhouse Pub 7:30pm

July 19th - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Improv Theater - 7:00pm

July 21st - Pittsburgh, PA - Gay Life Television - 6:00pm 

July 21st - Pittsburgh, PA - Howlers Coyote Cafe - 9:30pm 

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Music VideoS

Not Gonna Be Friends

Windows Fogged Up In Your Pickup Truck

Live at the Queer Country Monthly; Not Gonna Be Friends

Live at The Queer Country Monthly: Flora's Alive 

Live: Windows Fogged Up In Your Pickup Truck

Interview with James Wilson for Twisted Male Magazine

The Paisley Fields on "Talking About" 

Live: Windows Fogged Up In Your Pickup Truck  

About The Paisley Fields

The Paisley Fields are a country band based in city where the blue of the sky is snatched from skyscrapers. There is no doubt Brooklyn has more concrete than fields. But the band is unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected.

Singer/songwriter/pianist James Wilson is not the cowboy hat wearing, good old boy one pictures when thinking about country music. The Brooklyn resident and lead singer cuts a different kind of cowboy figure.

Wilson also happens to be a gay man.

In 2010, Wilson spent a year living in Japan and making music with his band Sora Ocean. His time living in the Japanese countryside made him realize he wanted to make a change in his life. 

Back in New York, he decided to leave his former band behind and play music full time. Wilson spoke to his longtime collaborator Jessica Kimple about forming a band together, a country band.

Growing up in Iowa, Wilson listened to country musicians like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Kimple, a trained opera singer and an Iowa native, signed on immediately.

In 2012, The Paisley Fields played their first gig.

I see myself as coming full circle with The Paisley Fields,” Wilson says. “We are playing country music inspired by the songs I grew up with, and that really brings me back to my roots.”

The band added Anna Volpe to the mix in 2014. Volpe is also a trained opera singer.

“From the beginning, I always knew there was something special about this band,” Volpe says. “The Paisley Fields' music is not only unique, but the lyrics are thoughtful and can strike a chord with any audience member.” 

Though Wilson is inspired by country musicians like Parton and Cash, he wanted The Paisley Fields lyric’s to reflect the modern world, particularly his own experience of it.  

Wilson penned The Paisley Fields’ song, “Windows Fogged Up” about his longtime boyfriend, now husband, Ryan. The video follows a gay couple as they meet, fall in love and eventually get engaged. The band’s videos have over a 100,000 views on YouTube.

Though Wilson is an award-winning songwriter, he sometimes struggles to write. Almost two years ago, he entered one of those periods. The next day, Wilson began his commitment to write a song a day for one year.

Wilson wrote “She’s No Angel” on day five. The song debuted at #17 on the New Country Releases on the iTunes Charts.

The Paisley Fields’ momentum continues. The group was awarded a sponsorship from Brooklyn Arts Council to record a full length album.

The Paisley Fields’ second EP is due out in August, followed by their first full length album.

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Song Lyrics

 

Brooklyn Rodeo

 

Get out of the way

I gotta make my train

I'm running 10 minutes late and I need to get paid

And I’m just a simple country boy

In this Brooklyn rodeo

Looking for a piece of my chicken pot pie in the sky

 

I need space

These buildings get in the way

I’m caught up in a stampede of Wall Street tycoons

I need to ride on the back of a westward-bound caboose

Until the livestock outnumbers the stockbrokers

And I’m back home in the middle of nowhere

 

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

 

Off to the lake with a dozen night crawlers and a case

We’ll get our friends and a bon fire we ain’t got nowhere to go

Circle of tree stumps under a black canopy of stars

We can run into our cars when the thunderstorms get close enough

 

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

 

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

Oh these urban fences penned me in too long

Gonna cut that razor wire make our great escape

 

Dixie Queen

 

Moonlight hit the window of a lilac girl's apartment

She was a Dixieland baby

Living in New York City

She ran away colder than the rain in October

Had no place left to call home

Her daddy was a stranger and her mama always got lost

In that crystalline haze

 

She was right when she said boys you gotta make something outta nothin'

In her high heels she'd meet every John in a new hotel

Bankers and doctors and business men

For lunch or a late night fling

And the fellas they called her the Dixie Queen

 

But still in the night you can hear he cry

Long after a caller has left her all alone

Babe why don’t ya come on home?

But he'll never see those tears in her eyes

And she ain't gonna leave until her name is known

She can make it on her own

Dixie Queen

 

The scent of wet pavement brought her right back home to New Orleans

You could see the sunshine in her smile

As she spread her soul across the miles

Her brothers tried to save her She could hear their voices waver

As they begged her to come home

But nothing could convince her

She'd go from single cells to lonely afternoons

 

She was right when she said boys you gotta make something outta nothin'

In her high heels she'd meet every John in a new hotel

Bankers and doctors and business men

For lunch or a late night fling

And the fellas they called her the Dixie Queen

 

But still in the night you can hear her cry

Long after a caller has left her all alone

Babe why don’t ya come on home?

But he'll never see those tears in her eyes

And she ain't gonna leave until her name is known

She can make it on her own

But still in the night you can hear he cry

Long after a caller has left her all alone

Babe why don’t ya come on home?

But he'll never see those tears in her eyes

And she ain't gonna leave until her name is known

She can make it on her own

Dixie Queen

 

Not Gonna Be Friends 

 

Everyone keeps asking if I’m fine 

I say sure but it’s a lie, it’s a lie 

You’re in love with somebody else 

Didn’t think you’d recover so quickly 

Thought I’d have time to make you mine, but you found another guy 

 

Now you wanna be friends, but I’m not gonna wish you well 

I want to be the guy you kiss goodnight 

Tell him he can go to hell, cuz I’m not gonna be friends 

As long as you’re with him you won’t see me again 

So is this goodbye?

 

I’m thinking ‘bout packing up and leaving 

Find a place to make a brand new start 

Try to leave my memories of you behind 

I’ve gotten by on my own this far anyway 

How could I think you would ever have given me a chance?

 

Now you wanna be friends, but I’m not gonna wish you well 

I want to be the guy you kiss goodnight 

Tell him he can go to hell, cuz I’m not gonna be friends 

As long as you’re with him you won’t see me again 

So is this goodbye?

 

And when I asked you for a dance, you didn’t have to laugh 

When all I’ve done is treat you well 

Why’d I think that you’d be different from everybody else 

 

Now you wanna be friends, but I’m not gonna wish you well 

I want to be the guy you kiss goodnight 

Tell him he can go to hell, cuz I’m not gonna be friends 

As long as you’re with him you won’t see me again 

So is this goodbye?

 

She’s No Angel

 

Every Sunday morning she sits in the front pew

Praying there so the whole town can see

What a good girl she is

Never even been kissed

Bible belt beauty queen

 

In her head she's the holiest thing that anybody's ever seen 

Cryin' out memorized bible verses sayin' sinners get on your knees

Her mind is closed up and locked

She makes no room to receive 

She uses Jesus in all of her arguments

 

But she's no angel 

 

She uses her religion to put everyone else down

Passing out pain to everyone she sees

Saying how you’re living is wrong

Better get on board with God

Baptist bitch beauty queen

 

In her head she's the holiest thing that anybody's ever seen 

Cryin' out memorized bible verses sayin' sinners get on your knees

Her mind is closed up and locked

She makes no room to receive 

She uses Jesus in all of her arguments

 

But she's no angel 

 

Her mind is closed up and locked

She makes no room to receive 

She uses Jesus in all of her arguments

 

Every Sunday morning she sits in the front pew

Praying there so the whole town can see

What a good girl she is

Never even been kissed

Bible belt beauty queen

 

Windows Fogged Up In Your Pickup Truck

 

Headlights hitting us like two suns, as we crawled out of the water caught in the

Middle of our love

Laughing, running through the night, your hand caught in mine and we almost

Floated up into our endless countryside

 

Windows fogged up in your pickup truck, you’ve been driving me crazy for days

The day after the dance, we went back to class and I couldn’t concentrate

My friends started talking said you called my name, your voice caught in the

Wind

 

Even through empty hallways I see your face

In the living room we stayed up until the sunlight came

I will wait as long as it takes

I’m in love –

I’m in love – with that man

I’m in

 

And as we go through our life I hope those wheels will always spin back

to us

The years seem to just fly by, but the river roses give us something to remember

All those glimmering times

 

Your tight blue jeans in our movie scene and your silver starlight kiss

Are planted in my memory and I never will forget

The night after the football game when you took me in your arms.

 

Even through empty hallways I see your face

In the living room we stayed up until the sunlight came

I will wait as long as it takes

I’m in love –

I’m in love – with that man

I’m in

 

Headlights hitting us like two suns, as we crawled out of the water caught in the

Middle of our love

Windows fogged up in your pickup truck, you’ve been driving me crazy for days

Your tight blue jeans in our movie scene and your silver starlight kiss

Are planted in my memory and I never will forget

 

Even through empty hallways I see your face

In the living room we stayed up until the sunlight came

I will wait as long as it takes

I’m in love –

I’m in love – with that man

I’m in

 

Even through empty hallways I see your face

In the living room we stayed up until the sunlight came

I will wait as long as it takes

I’m in love –

I’m in love – with that man

I’m in

The Paisley Press

“While The Paisley Fields have a good bit in common with contemporary country — rich production, songs with pop bones and twangy accents — the band probably won't be touring with Toby Keith anytime soon. Songwriter and lead singer James Wilson doesn't dance lyrically around the fact that his songs are about relationships with other men; they're sometimes tender, sometimes virulent, but unmistakably gay, a refreshing change from country radio.” -Pittsburgh City Paper

http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/critics-picks-jan-8-14/Content?oid=1799790

 

“The Paisley Fields play it very straight (so to speak), musically speaking. Most of what they do wouldn't sound out of place on commercial country radio, and with two opera-trained singers and the absurdly prolific pen of songwriter James Wilson, they can belt out the heartbreak with the best of 'em. Still, it's pretty rare to see a country band whose lyrics and videos are this up-front about same-sex love affairs.” -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://triblive.com/aande/moreaande/7502217-74/art-exhibit-jan#axzz3YdF1beYg

“The track starts with simple piano and James’ plain vocals, but quickly evolves into a wall of sound, guitars, drums, piano and harmonies crashing into each other for a passionate power ballad. Set in the aftermath of a relationship, it finds a jilted lover rejecting the attempts to be friends by the other, who is now in a relationship with someone else. ‘Now you wanna be friends, but I’m not gonna wish you well, I wanna be the guy you kiss goodnight,’ the narrator cries, and we really feel the emotion in the song.” For The Country Record

http://forthecountryrecord.com/2015/06/13/video-the-paisley-fields-not-gonna-be-friends/

"We are at once country, bohemian, and post-modern musicians,” James states. “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." Brooklyn Vegan

http://nyc-shows.brooklynvegan.com/event/2015/01/15/the-paisley-fields-north-of-nashville-barefoot-bankside-mike-barnett-and-jacob-jolliff-duo

 

“‘She’s No Angel’ debuted at #17 on the iTunes charts for country releases. The video features the Grand River Singers, an adult show choir from La Crosse, WI that stars inVH1’s reality show Off Pitch. The Paisley Fields’ videos have more than 100,000 views on YouTube. The band was also named the #1 country band in NYC by ReverbNation.” La Crosse Tribune

http://lacrossetribune.com/calendar/music/the-paisley-fields/event_cc949660-379e-11e4-9e92-001a4bcf887a.html

 

“Oh snap, we’ve all been there. Heartbreak never looked so sexy. Watch lovers collide in The Paisley Fields’ new video, ‘Not Gonna Be Friends.’ This ain’t your daddy’s country music.” -Accidental Bear

 http://accidentalbear.com/the-paisley-fields-not-gonna-be-friends-with-your-ex-music-video/

 

“Headlights hitting us like two suns, as we crawled out of the water caught in the middle of our love/Laughing, running through the night, your hand caught mine, and we almost floated up above that endless countryside” croons singer/songwriter/pianist James Wilson, on ‘Windows Fogged up in Your Pickup Truck.’

The song is on the debut EP for Brooklyn-based barrelhouse country band, The Paisley Fields. With lyrics like these, it is easy to see why James is a two time ASCAP songwriters’ award winner." -Accidental Bear

http://accidentalbear.com/the-paisley-fields-windows-fogged-up-in-your-pickup-truck-music-video-addresses-gay-marriage/

 
“Have you guys seen the new music video by 
The Paisley Fields? If not, you should check it out! The song itself is catchy and we think the video is well done. Who knew heartbreak could look so sexy?” DNA Magazine

http://www.dnamagazine.com.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=21280

 

“Joining the homo-hoedown is Brooklyn-based ‘barrelhouse country band’ The Paisley Fields. ‘Windows Fogged Up in Your Pickup Truck’ is their first music video and it. Is. Adorable.” -Queerty

http://www.queerty.com/watch-country-music-meets-cute-with-touching-gay-love-story-20131001?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+queerty2+%28Queerty%29

 

“Hook-up, shack-up, break-up, and make-up. It's a NYC gay love affair with a happy ending.”                      -Towelroad

http://www.towleroad.com/2013/09/paisley.html

 

“The Paisley Fields plays a mix of country, blues and jazz. Their sound is Mumford & Sons meets The National with a touch of Patsy Cline's heartbreaking twang.”Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

http://wcfcourier.com/entertainment/the-paisley-fields-return-to-iowa-roots/article_7c4b5fba-3623-5d9e-9cbf-53b0cdf8cf48.html

 

“The Paisley Fields have a fascinating background. Like many folk singers in Brooklyn, Jessica Kimple is a classically trained opera vocalist. James Wilson, an award-winning songwriter, adds to the low-end of the vocal range and contributes carefully considered piano melodies. (As weird as this sounds, I hate pianos. Wilson's ability to wield his tastefully earns him many points in my book.) Wilson also spent an extensive amount of time in Japan studying Japanese music.

While The Paisley Fields have a traditional American sound, these songwriters bring a worldliness to our traditions.”

http://adobeandteardrops.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-paisley-fields-dixie-queen.html 

 

“I see myself as coming full circle with The Paisley Fields,” James says. “We are playing country music inspired by the songs I grew up with, and that really brings me back to my roots.” -Riffraf


http://www.riffraf.net/2013/02/indie-spotlight-the-paisley-fields/

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