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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 10/21 – Common Man / Trolls of Amsterdam
October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Common Man is a brand-new duo comprised of husband and wife Compton McMurry and Meredith Johnson. The couple have combined their solo careers to create a story-driven blend of folk, pop, and alternative sounds.
For more than a decade, Stephen Wilson was the glue that held together a community of creative people in Half Moon Bay, CA. The communal music space he provided gave rise to the Trolls Of Amsterdam, a trio of coworkers that came together to channel the frustrations of the work world, including Wilson on the mic, Armon Cabana on drums and Stefan Drobel laying a foundation of tracks via Maschine. Their 2016 self-titled EP, at once funky and hilarious, is a lighthearted jam session with infectious beats, full of inside jokes about hustling in the audiovisual industry.
2021 saw the addition of rhythm section specialist and producer Mat Gilbert, who brought to life some of their previously unreleased funk material, this time with live instrumentation, while Wilson added some new country and blues compositions to the mix. During the recording process, Wilson’s life was beset with obstacles. His deteriorating financial situation forced him like so many others to leave California. With one foot in Northern California and one in Stephen’s native South Carolina, Wilson Drive is an honest and heartfelt chronicle of Stephen’s life over the last ten years. The album has been praised as “a killer blending of both traditional and contemporary influences, creating something that feels instantly familiar yet excitingly fresh at the same time.” Steven Uhles for The Augusta Press called it “a really interesting release that feels very simple but is sophisticated in goals and execution.”