Wilson completed a solo album titled, Frankie Ray in 2007. The record was never officially released. Since, Wilson has recorded the full length album, Gentle Spirit, which will be released in 2011 on Bella Union. Gentle Spirit features many special guests including Barry Goldberg, Chris Robinson, Gary Louris, Andy Cabic, Otto Hauser, Josh Grange, Gary Mallaber, Z Berg, Adam McDougall, Johnathan Rice, among others. In July 2011 Wilson will will perform and collaborate with Jackson Browne and Dawes on several shows in Spain. Wilson was invited to perform on the 2011 benefit concert for Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) at Shoreline Amphitheater. Joining Wilson is Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall, The Doobie Brothers, Jason Mraz, Tom Morello, Kitaro, Sweet Honey In The Rock and others. In 2010 and 2011, Wilson collaborated with Erykah Badu in the studio on several songs, only one of which was officially released. Wilson also appeared as a special guest with Erykah Badu at her 2011 Coachella performance.
Wilson currently maintains his recording studio, Five Star Studio, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, which he relocated from its original location in Laurel Canyon in 2009. The space is renowned for its sound and analog recording equipment. In 2010, Wilson produced and collaborated with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on a series of songs for release on Spiritual Pajamas Records, a boutique 7″ label associated with Folk Yeah Presents. Wilson co-produced and played on the new solo record by J. Tillman of theFleet Foxes which was mixed by Phil Ek, whose album credits include Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, The Shins, etc. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ debut album, North Hills, at his Laurel Canyon studio. Wilson recorded and produced Dawes’ second album, Nothing Is Wrong, in 2010 at Five Star Studio. As part of Wilson’s project, What You Need Is What You Have, The Songs of Roy Harper, Wilson has produced songs performed by Will Oldham, Andy Cabic,Chris Robinson, Benji Hughes, Dawes, Jenny O., Johnathan Rice, Josh Tillman, and others. Wilson also produced Jason Boesel’s album, Hustler’s Son, and Mia Doi Todd’s album, Cosmic Ocean Ship. Wilson has also recorded and/or produced many other artists in his studio, including Gerald Johnson, James Gadson, and Josh Tillman.
Wilson is credited with revitalizing the Laurel Canyon music scene with the help of his many friends and is featured in the 2009 book Canyon of Dreams by rock historian Harvey Kubernik. Wilson had hosted private jam sessions at his compound in Laurel Canyon that involved Andy Cabic, Pat Sansone and John Stirratt of Wilco, Gerald Johnson, Johnathan Rice, Gary Louris and Mark Olson of The Jayhawks, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, David Rawlings, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jacob Dylan, and other notable artists who’ve played professionally with and/or in Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Van Morrison, The Cars, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band, and Pearl Jam. The jam was founded by Wilson and Chris Robinson.
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