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New Album for Alum Aaron Wilkinson's Band

When the New Orleans-based Honey Island Swamp Band releases its first full-length CD today, you’ll be able to hear where Aaron Wilkinson’s music has taken him in the years since his graduation from Washington and Lee in 1997. Wilkinson, a creative writing major who won awards for his poetry, plays mandolin and sings for the band on “Wishing Well.” A review of the new CD in the Times-Picacuyne provides background on Wilkinson’s journey from Lexington, which included several years of performing with classmate Tom Leggett on a band called Idletime. (You can listen to some of Tim’s music on his MySpace page.) The Times-Picayune piece gives some good background on Wilkinson’s career, which has included playing as bassist for Eric Lindell and Company and then joining up with guitarist Chris Mule when Hurricane Katrina kept Aaron away from New Orleans for a time. Aaron’s switched from bass to mandolin. You can listen to the album on the band’s jukebox.