Former Seymour resident drops powerful new single


Staff reports

Rickie Joe Wilson is a Nashville, Indiana-born artist/songwriter who performs year-round on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Her latest single, “Whiskey For Breakfast”, was released to the general public on March 22 on AOK Records in Nashville, Tennessee. The song was produced by Adam Knight, president of AOK Records, and is the second album Wilson has recorded with Knight, the first being “Honky Tonkin Guitar Man”, released in March 2021.

“Rickie Joe Wilson is a beacon of hope for country music fans as he is probably the only artist in the industry today who pays close attention to his roots while keeping each new release fresh, bold and compelling. “, declares a press release. “His songs are always anchored by the exceptional lyricism he brings to the table, drawing on his own experiences of loss and eventual redemption.”

His story is also the story of addiction, recovery, faith, love and loss, and he uses these powerful and poignant prompts to set the tone for the underlying message of his latest single.

It is now common knowledge that Wilson practiced drug addiction for 25 years. He cleansed and got sober in 2003, then spent 13 years in ministry, carrying his message of faith-based recovery to many jails and prisons in southern Indiana.

In 2010, he created The Alley in Seymour, which fed the homeless and poor in Jackson County. The Alley serves 20,000 meals a year and still exists today.

Wilson now uses the unique brand he created for himself to inspire and give hope to anyone who feels lost and abandoned.

In 2018, he moved to Florida with Teresa, his wife of 32 years, and his five adopted children, who now tour the Emerald Coast together with Rickie’s solo Hillbilly Rock and Roll Show.

His live shows are an eclectic mix of classic country, outlaw country, classic rock and radio hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and some 90s.

Wilson is a retired minister. He also performed regularly in bars, honky tonks and taverns during his ministry.

He also spent 20 years in radio as an on-air personality at Radio 96.3 WJAA in Seymour. He was the host of the popular radio show “The Lunch Rock Cafe” for almost 20 years.

Wilson performs 200 shows a year and says that as long as he can still give his best to an audience, he will continue to play live shows.

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