Sophie Roman

View from the Precipice

Sophie Roman
View from the Precipice

In Southern Chester County, tucked away on the corner of Bailey Crossroads and Glen Run Road, lies a small family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm with an old sign that reads "The Wilson Tree farm”. 

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There is a young man planting a fresh, new, white pine tree. David Wilson stops to take in a nice cool breeze for a moment and he notices the crossing of two road signs- while at a crossroads in his own life... He thinks to himself a quick combination of the words "Bailey Run" and smiles to himself, thinking of all the times and memories he's associated with this place: long walks with his Doberman-Lab Waylon, family-oriented bonding time, and work-based efforts alike. Little did he know this would be the start of something more.

David Wilson, the twenty-seven year old former Pittsburgh resident, is a musician rooted in folk and country, syphoning inspiration from greats such as Jim Croce, James Taylor and The Beatles. He's landed some pretty big shows, such as opening for Kansas at 20 years old, being discovered by WXPN Radio, and having a full-page article in Fig Lancaster magazine for their "Fig Voices" segment, where WXPN's Helen Leicht herself even sings his praises. But even with so much recognition (and a time-consuming number of shows to uphold, along with the hours of driving and hauling his gear) David Wilson still seems to find himself on the proving grounds of the regional music scenes. Just by viewing the professional appearance of his social sites, you might ask yourself why his name isn't already shimmering on top of a music hall somewhere. David works extremely hard at putting himself out there. Everywhere from iTunes to Spotify to Facebook and YouTube you can find his likeness. But then again, he would claim that he has "too common of a name" to be discovered; and with at least 10 other musically inclined David Wilsons around the Lancaster County area, even Spotify has a tough time keeping his music and others’ separated. So in order to remove all the confusion, David thinks that he will set the record straight by creating a pseudonym, similar to artists such as "Bon Iver" (Justin Vernon), and "Iron & Wine" (Sam Beam) who are both single-musician projects with names that are not their own.

David Wilson has created the stage name "Bailey Run"; it reminds him of his roots, and he feels it sets the tone for his music, as if you can hear his distinctive finger runs just by hearing it. "The vibe is what says it all; it paints a picture, it’s almost as if you can feel the woods when you hear it", says David as he tries to contain his excitement about the new direction and opportunity as a stand-alone, distinguishable musician with a name like no other. Wilson has two records out currently: "Songs From Wood Street" that he recorded in a friend’s attic, and features him as a solo act, and "Black Top Road" which is a shorter cut album, but with more of a full-band oriented sound. After discussing his two albums, Wilson explains that “In order to make music, you must be true to yourself”. His soon-to-be-released record will be titled "After The Rain". This record will feature some of his fan favorites as well as some brand new tunes, but this one will be released under the pseudonym “Bailey Run”.

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" ‘After The Rain’ was meant to reference the struggle and hard work of being an artist and breaking through the noise," says Wilson. This album was not only inspired by Lancaster County, which Wilson calls his “home base”, (as he said this, I noticed a layout map of Lancaster County hanging on his living room wall) but it was also recorded with all Lancaster-based musicians at Lancaster’s own Parallel Productions Studio, recorded and engineered by Lancaster native Steve Puffer. With the aid of heavy hitter local musicians such as Steve Davis (guitar), Lynn Royer (harmonies) Mike Bitts (bass guitar), Adam Nicodemus (drums & percussion) and David’s brother Matt Wilson (organ & harmonies), "The music comes to life,” says Wilson. Wilson is confident that this transition will be “a smooth and exciting new aspect” to his sound. So if you'd like a real taste of Lancaster’s finest, and all its music scene has to offer, be sure to give his latest album a listen. Its debut date will be sometime in the upcoming months, or you could hear Bailey Run LIVE at the John Wright Restaurant on August 4th , 2017, with a full band.