The Paisley Fields is a Brooklyn-based alt-country band, playing a mix of country, rock and blues. Their sound is Garth Brooks meets The Head and the Heart 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. Most recently Cassie Naaktgeboren and Ryan Pearson joined the group, lending their skills on vocals and bass guitar, respectively.
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 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.”
The proof is in the music. The Paisley Fields completed their first tour that took the band through the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. In their first year they were named a top-10 country band in NYC by multiple media outlets, receiving praise in the press both at home and internationally.
The Paisley Fields tour regularly and have plans to put out a series of singles with music videos this year.