Jim Wilson was born in the state of Oklahoma, of Choctow and Irish descent, in the month of August 1946. Childhood years were mostly spent in the small towns of west Texas and southern Oklahoma. After graduating from high school in Richardson ,Texas, he moved to Lame Deer,Montana to work with the Northern Cheyenne Tribal council in an endeavour designed to provide employment to the Cheyenne people. This at the behest of his grandmother who was very active in Native American issues. During this time there were a great number friendships and experiences with tribal elders and the medicine men of this area. This would, in later years, prove to be a invaluable source of inspiration in the creation of contemporary Native American music. Following this five or six year, Wilson was married and had a son, attended college in Billings, Montana and later post- graduate study at theUniversity of Montana in Missoula.
In 1976 he moved to Vancouver B.C. to pursue his musical interest There he became one of the founding members of the Cement City Cowboys, a popular country and western swing group. Eventually Wilson created a new group " Blue Northern" with Billy Cowsill of the "Cowsills "(Hair). This was a country rock group that recorded three albums for Polygram records and had five #1 singles in both the pop and country charts from 1982-1986 along with Juno nominations and CCMA awards. After a second marriage and the birth of his second son, Wilson retired from the "road life" of a touring band to concentrate on song writing and recording projects.
|During this time, a number of songs were written for the Grammy Award winning Queen Ida and the Bon Temps band.||
Ida and Al
1996- Grammy winner
Work was begun in 1988 on a "New Native" project entitled "Shamans Dream of the Animal Spirits". Although this extended opera concept was never finished, many of the songs would later be released as single compositions ("Coyote Dance", Music for the Native Americans).
|Work was begun on both the soundtrack for the TBS six hour documentary and the album "Music for the Native Americans". Both projects were completed by 1994 with the documentary series winning three Emmy awards and the album selling over a million copies world wide.||
Verdell, Jim, Johnny and Robbie
Wilson at Willie Nelson Farm Aid - September 1994
In 1995 a new album was released through Triloka records under the name " Little Wolf Band" and titled "Dream Song". This would be a highly acclaimed addition to the growing "New Native" genre.
Immediately following "Dream Song", work was begun on a "World Beat" album entitled "Transendence" under the name "Tulku". This project marked the beginning of many collaborations with Jai Uttal,Geoffrey Gordon and Krishna Das. In the fall of the same year, Jai Uttal and Jim Wilson co-produced the first Krishna Das release "One Track Heart".
Olga Khariditi and Jim
Later in this year Wilson was invited by David Silver of Mercury records to produce a posthumus album with pop icon Timothy Leary. With tracks from a 1967 Mercury release "Turn on ,Tune in ,and Drop out" and interviews from just before his death (a span of 30 years) came the creation of "Beyond Life". With contributions from Fiorella Terenzi, the Moody Blues, and Ministrys Al Jourgensen, this album went on to become a cult classic. Also included on this album is a collaboration between Wilson and Allen Ginsberg entitled "A Tale of the Tribe".
The second Tulku album "Season of Souls" was written and produced for Triloka with guest artist Mamek Khadem, Mayan elder Don Allejendro,and Krishna Das.
In 1997 Wilson produced the self titled "Walela" album with Rita Coolidge, Laura Satterfield, and Priscilla Coolidge. This album has proven to be a classic in the "New Native" genre, winning two NAMA awards.
In the same vein, the second Little Wolf album entitled "Wolf Moon" was also completed along with a writing and production collaboration with Robbie Robertson for the "Contact from the Underworld of Redboy" album. The "Redboy" album received two grammy nominations and was featured on VH1 and PBS specials.
Teaming up with fellow Santa Fean, Consuelo Luz, Wilson produced the "Dezeo" cd which brings ancient sephardic prayers in ladino and traditional love songs into a contemporary world beat setting. The track "Los Bilbilicos" was featured on the Buddha Bar compilation by Claude Challe.
In February 2002 a new Tulku album,"A Universe to Come".has been released through New Earth records .
At the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake Winter Games, Robbie Robertson, Walela and Jim Wilson gave a live performance of three songs for the world wide telecast
Wilson now resides in Santa Fe and France with his wife Corinne and is currently involved in new musical projects on both continents.
- " Music for the Native Americans " Robbie Robertson with Jim Wilson, Ulali, Walela, Kastin and others. 1994 Capitol Records
- "Dream Song" Little Wolf Band/Jim Wilson contemporary Native American music with special guest Walela, Bonnie Jo Hunt, Nashoba Wilson. Features music from the TBS documentary series"The Native Americans.1995 Triloka Records
-"Trancendence" Tulku/Jim Wilson world beat ,trance ambient with guest artis Jai Uttal, Geoffrey Gordon and Krishna Das. 1995 Triloka Records
-"One Track Heart" a co-production with Krishna Das ,Jim Wilson and Jai Uttal featuring wolrd beat contemporary/India and traditional chants 1996 Triloka Records
-"Entering the Circle" Jim Wilson/Olga Kharitidi a journey into the realm of Siberian Shamanism and trance music inspired by the book "Entering the Circle".1996 Triloka
-"Beyond Life with Timothy Leary" written and produced by Jim Wilson in collaboration with Timothy Leary with special guest Moody Blues, Allen Ginsberg, Al Jourgensen, and Fiorella Terenzi. 1997 mercury/Polygram Records.
-"Walela" produced by Jim Wilson, contemporary Native American with Rita Coolidge, Laura Satterfield and Priscilla Coolige. 1997 Triloka
-"Wolf Moon" Little Wolf Band written and produced by Jim Wilson with guest appearances by Walela, Robbie Robertson and James Bilagoody. 1997 Triloka
- "Season of Souls" Tulku writen and produced by Jim Wilson, world beat with performances by Krishna Das , Primeaux and Mike, Mamek Khadem, and Steve Snow. 1998 Triloka Records
-"Contact from the Underworld of Redboy" Robbie Robertson with production and writting contributions Jim Wilson also features Primeax and Mike, Leonard Peltier and others. Nominated for two Grammies. 1998 Capitol Records
-"Dezeo" Consuelo Luz produced by Jim Wilson contemporary music which explores the sephardic traditions of Spain, featured on the Buddha Bar 3 compilation. 1999 Wagram/Cities from Long Distance.
-"Offerings" Little Wolf Band a retrospective collection of Little Wolf titles from several sources along with three new tracks. 2000 World Disc/North Sound Music Group.
-"Ecclesia" a collaboration with James Twyman (the author of "Emissary of Light") which presents ancient peace prayers from many religious traditions in a modern framework of world beat /trance ambient music.This work features songs with Jonathan Goldman, Krishna Das, Primeaux and Mike, and Gina Sala. 2000 Etherean Music
-"A Universe to come" Tulku written and produced by Jim Wilson. 2001 New Earth Records.
-"On this Earth" Primeaux & Mike, produced by Jim Wilson. 2002 Paras Group.
-"Covenant" Joanne Shonandoah, produced by Jim Wilson.2003 Silver Wave.
- Songs of the Spirit - 1996 Triloka
- Trance Planet- 1996 Triloka
- Buddha Bar 1 -1999 Universal/ChallOMusic
- Buddha Bar 2 -2000 Universal/ ChallOMusic
- Planet Rave -2000 Gold Circle
- Buddha Bar 3 - 2001 George V Records / Wagram
- Buddha Bar 4- 2002 George V Records/ Wagram
- Je nous aime - 2003 Chall'O Music
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