Based in Winston-Salem, NC, Wurlitzer Prize is named after the Waylon Jennings tune of the same name. Incorporating Americana, folk, blues, vintage and alt-country influences, the music is hand-made and lyrically-driven.
Combining the sounds and stylings of rock-driven roots of Winston-Salem’s Possum Jenkins and Greensboro’s Molly McGinn, the music ranges from a solo busker performance on the Camel City sidewalk, to a full-on booty shaking blues tune with Taj Mahal and The Black Keys undertones.
The band started in a writer’s round. Every third Wednesday of the month Dave Willis (Possum Jenkins) hosted a songwriter’s night at the Old Winston Social Club in Winston-Salem, NC.
The show drew writers and musicians from across the Triad, including Molly McGinn (Amelia’s Mechanics), bassist Jared Church (Possum Jenkins), and harp-player Brent Buckner (Possum Jenkins and Emma Gibbs Band).
Playing a mix of vintage country tunes by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Little Feat, the group moved from monthly shows to weekly rehearsals, writing and arranging new songs.