“I’ve been diggin’ the ground like an ol’ hound, but all I found is a muddy hole. Could you pick up the phone before you call me home Lord, throw your ol’ dog a bone” “Real” lyrics and stories are what Channing Wilson is all about.
From a small town in Northwest Georgia, Channing learned about real life American good times and hardships. He’s not afraid to tell you about it either. From his songs like “Poor Man’s Cocaine” referring to methamphetamines taking over rural America, to songs like “Black Jesus” which is a story of two men, one young, and one older, finding friendship in spite of the racial stereotypes of the times. Channing’s voice and songwriting is widely considered in the top echelon of the “who’s who” in the Nashville community.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks to two hard working “dirt collar” parents, he had plenty of opportunities to learn real life at an early age. Channing says “I didn’t have a musical family. My mother is a pretty good singer, but an even better worker. So, not much time concerts or record stores back then” Finding music later for Channing didn’t slow down his passion for it. Learning guitar at 17 and starting writing shortly after. “I came across a book of short poems my mother had written before I was born, and after reading them I was so inspired to explore my own creative side.”
By age 25, he had tried college twice and quit more jobs than he applied for. “I never could accept the idea that I was supposed to work every day for someone else. I expected more than a paycheck. After a friend turned me on to Guy Clark and Steve Earle, I knew 2 things. I never wanted to punch a clock again, and I had to become a better songwriter and musician.” That’s exactly what he did at 26 years old, he started his first band and quickly learned the ropes as a very successful regional act. That venture lasted 6 years until he became a father and knew he had to step up his game if he was going to turn a dream into a way of life.
Selling a fishing boat and a decent guitar collection to finance trips from north Georgia to Nashville every week paid off in October of 2010 he was approached by EMI Music Publishing after playing a Tuesday night showcase called Alabama Line. After meeting with EMI a few times he was offered his first publishing deal. “I didn’t know what I had to offer such a big corporate publishing company, but when I looked on the roster and saw Guy Clark I knew I was in.” It didn’t take long before he was in the room with his teacher. Learning from the master himself. “Just knowing Guy has made me a better man, but getting to share ideas and stories is a dream come true.”
As late as 2018 he has signed a artist/publishing agreement with Warner Chappell and Low Country Sound (Grammy award winning producer Dave Cobb), co-written “She Got The Best Of Me” w/ Luke Combs which became 2018’s most played song of country radio according to BMI. It also sat at top of the charts for 4 weeks and has reached platinum status.
2019 is a breakout year for Channing as he is scheduled to start recording his next release in May.
Channing’s songs have been recorded by artists like Tyler Farr, Luke Combs, Riley Green, Jason Eady, William Clarke Green, Django Walker, Chris Canterbury and more. He has shared bills with so many of his heroes such as Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Joe White, Chris Knight, Dale Watson, and many more including going out with Lynyrd Skynyrd on their farewell tour this year and he was also on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour.
Channing’s love for country music, the history, and the future is second to none. “I came to Nashville to make a difference and I’ll always work hard to earn respect from my peers.
Schedule Information Will Be Announced Closer to the Festival.