“one of the best songwriters in all of Nashville”—Whiskey Riff

Singer, songwriter and musician Channing Wilson’s anticipated debut album, Dead Man, is out today via Ol’ Dog Records/Soundly Music (stream/purchase here).

Already receiving critical acclaim, Music Row praises, “he sings in a resonant baritone with a touch of tremelo and a whole lot of heart. While a steel sighs, he delivers a masterful performance of a classic country weeper,” while Whiskey Riff declares, “this guy is country-er than all get up, and with his powerful, gritty vocals and incredibly vivid songwriting, the Lafayette, Georgia native knows how to hit you where it hurts in his songs” and Blue Ridge Outdoors proclaims, “pure vintage country, reminiscent of Don Williams and a young Willie Nelson.”

Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) and recorded at Cobb’s studio in Savannah, GA, Dead Man marks a new chapter for Wilson as he steps forward as an artist after two decades as a successful songwriter, having written hits for Luke Combs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt and more. Across these ten new tracks, Wilson further establishes himself as one of music’s most honest and empathetic voices as he addresses universal topics such as love, heartbreak, loneliness and human connection through a personal lens.

Reflecting on the record, Wilson shares, “Back in the Depression era, Jimmy Rogers was a big hit, and the reason why was because he sang all these sad songs that let people know they weren’t the only ones going through hard times. There are so many people out there right now dealing with problems like mental illness, but we still don’t talk about it nearly as much as we should. So, the one thing I hope for this record is that helps people realize that they’re not alone, that someone else feels the way they do. Because to me that’s the first step to feeling okay again.”

In celebration of the new music, Wilson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday, February 25 and will continue to tour through this spring with shows at Nashville’s Dee’s Cocktail Lounge, Kansas City’s Knuckleheads, Columbus’ King of Clubs, Lexington’s Manchester Music Hall and Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom among many others. See below for complete tour itinerary.

In addition to Wilson (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Cobb (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Dead Man also features acclaimed musicians Brian Allen (bass), Philip Chandler (piano, organ), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Leroy Powell (electric guitar, pedal steel, harmonica) and Mike Webb (piano, organ) as well as background vocals from Kristen Rogers.

Born and raised in Lafayette, GA, Wilson began making trips to Nashville in 2009 where he earned his first publishing deal. Since then, he’s signed with Warner Chappell/Low Country Sound and written songs such as Luke Combs’ “She Got the Best of Me” and “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old,” as well as numerous tracks for The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Robert Randolph & The Family, Dirty Heads, Jerry Jeff Walker and more. He’s also shared bills with several of his heroes such as Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver and Robert Earl Keen.

For more information, please contact Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

1. Drink That Strong
2. Running Down A Song
3. Beer for Breakfast
4. Blues Comin’ On
5. Sunday Morning Blues
6. Ol’ Dog
7. Dead Man Walking
8. Crazy Over You
9. Gettin’ Outta My Mind
10. Trying To Write A Song

February 24 /// Nashville, TN /// Dee’s Cocktail Lounge
February 25 /// Nashville, TN /// Grand Ole Opry
March 2 /// Kansas City, MO /// Knuckleheads
March 3 /// Rosemont, IL /// Joe’s Live
March 4 /// Peoria, IL /// Crusens
March 30 /// Flint, MI /// The Machine Shop
March 31 /// Lorain, OH /// Lorain Palace Theatre
April 1 /// Columbus, OH /// The King of Clubs
April 13 /// Warrendale, PA /// Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
April 14 /// Lexington, KY /// Manchester Music Hall
April 15 /// Louisville, KY /// Mercury Ballroom
April 28 /// Fort Collins, CO /// Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon
April 29 /// Grand Junction, CO /// Warehouse25sixty-five Kitchen + Bar
May 12 /// Roseville, CA /// Goldfield Trading Post
May 13 /// Chico, CA /// Tackle Box Bar & Grill
May 15 /// Ramona, CA /// Ramona Mainstage
May 17 /// Tucson, AZ /// The Maverick King of Clubs
May 18 /// Flagstaff, AZ /// The Museum Club
May 26 /// Franklin, OH /// JD Legends
June 18 /// Wildwood, NJ /// Barefoot Music Festival 2023