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Sunday, August 24, 2014

So Long, Robin Williams (Performance and Lyrics)



So long, Robin Williams
May you find a home in the sky
I feel like I knew you
even though we've never met

You get the whole world laughing
Under the sun's golden grace
Even the moon rises and falls
I remember where I was that day

We passed through moments of greatness
There are shadows we cannot escape
You're probably writing new jokes now
Flying high avove

So long, Robin Williams
May you find a home in the sky
I feel like I knew you
even though we've never met

The longing trail of imagination
No one had a bad word to say
You give your time so graciously
Not thinking twice about a good cause

So, long live Mrs. Doubtfire,
The World According to Garp
It's true, sometimes I don't even recognize
This world myself

Long live Robin Williams
May you find a home in the sky
I feel like I knew you
even though we've never met

The music of birds
The blue sky so perfect
The only normal you'll find
Is the setting on a washing machine

My thoughts are like race cars
And I feel sad on this day
You keep the whole world laughing
Under God's golden grace

Farewell, Robin Williams
May you find a peace of mind
I feel like I knew you
even though we've never met

Long live Robin Williams
May you find a home in the sky
I feel like I knew you
even though we've never met

Writers: Chris Wilhelm and Cristof Ensslin; Copyright: The Wilhelm Brothers LLC

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Made It!

Dear Friends and Fans,

With your awesomeness and generousity, the CD Release project "Like A Bird - Live on WDVX Blue Plate Special" is HAPPENING! Let's get the citrus juicer out, pop open some oranges, and celebrate!!!

This is great Y'All, we LOVE YOU! Thank each one of you ever so much for supporting us all the way, whether by backing the kickstarter campaign, sharing it with friends or wishing us well. This means a lot to us: that we can continue our musical journey with a great new product in hand, bring songs and stories from town to town, and make people smile. That's what we love doing most!

And - it looks like we're opening a bakery... ;-) Or at least we'll have a baking party some time soon, to fill all the bread and cake requests!

Plus, Chris is jazzed up about the upcoming songwriting sessions with y'all SONGWRITER backers.

With immeasurable gratitude in our hearts
The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Live CD to Be Released September 4th


Like A Bird - Live on WDVX Blue Plate Special



Fans & friends asked for "our sound" many a times, so we are mastering & releasing a recording of a hi-energy 5-song live radio show


Once upon a time, there was a folk rock with cello-infusion duo. They toured throughout the Eastern United States, bringing their music to the people. While playing well over 200 shows in 2013, they made countless people smile. 2014 looks pretty similar in terms of number of live performances. The number of folks touched by laughter and perhaps even happiness seems to be increasing.

At several of our shows, we, The Wilhelm Brothers, who above story is about, were asked for recordings of our live shows. High-quality, of course, in terms of recording as well as performance. Our listeners seem to really want to take our energy-laden performance home with them.

While we're very grateful to be so kindly asked, we do want to deliver! The release is going to be called "Like A Bird - Live on WDVX Blue Plate Special".

A radio performance from April 2013, that had been recorded, we found to be really awesome and great. The performance was super high-energy, the (pretty large) audience fully present and amazingly appreciative, and the WDVX staff did a stellar job mixing and recording.

The next step was to have the songs mastered. We were able to win Rachel Alina (credits: Birdie Busch, John Francis, MIKA, Katy Perry) to do the job. She had already mastered our debut EP Lay Your Burden Down. Rachel has once again proven her fantastic ear and feel for our music, we're extremely happy.

The songs are: 1. Endless Skyway 2. The Go-Between 3. Like A Bird 4. Dare To Dream 5. Ain't No Way Tired. Release date is September 4th, 2014; the official release will happen appropriately on yet another appearance on WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon that day. In the evening, we'll have the CD release party at one of our favorite venues: The Bunk House in Bulls Gap TN.

Would you lend us a hand for getting the project done by backing our Kickstarter-Campaign?


Recording (meaning driving to and back from Knoxville) as well as mastering we were able to finance ourselves already. Now, we need your help in funding the remainder of the project budget. It totals approximately $1,950 and consists of:

  • replication of 1,000 CD's and covers and set up of digital distribution (~$1,350)
  • shipping costs for promo and delivery to backers (~$400)
  • kickstarter and amazon payments fees (~$200)

You can sign up to some great rewards to enjoy in exchange for “backing” our project and thus ultimately us. You can get a German style bread baked by Cristof, or songwriting help by Chris. Take a peak and pick here :-)

Can you do us a favor and tell your friends about us, too?

Thank you so much for all the love and support you've already sent our way. We truly love you! We're very grateful you help us being on the path of the folk musician, living our dream, doing what we love.

May you always be smiling, and find and have true inner happiness

The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Show Schedule

Dear Friends, Fans and Supporters,

Exciting news: we're about to release a new Live EP - recorded last year at a WDVX Blue Plate Special show. It's an awesome representation of our sound, we believe. If you love our live show, you'll love the CD, so we hope!

More info we'll share in just a few days, so sit back, relax, sip tea or coffee, or whatever else "blows your hair back" (South African for "rocks your world" or "floats your boat").

You are invited to come see and hear us play for you this wonderful month of August:

Fri 8/1 7.30pm Sola Coffee Cafe in Raleigh NC
Sat 8/2 8.30pm Niche Wine Lounge in Holly Springs NC
Tue 8/5 10am Private Show in Durham NC
Tue 8/5 4pm Private Show in Apex NC
Tue 8/5 6.30pm Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro NC
Wed 8/6 3pm Private Show in Greensboro NC
Fri 8/8 9pm Mangia Qui Suba in Harrisburg PA
Sat 8/9 2pm Allentown Public Library in Allentown PA
Sat 8/9 9pm Gettysburg Rocks Festival in Gettysburg PA
Sun 8/10 2pm Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester VA
Wed 8/13 8pm Square Root in Brevard NC
Thu 8/14 6pm Calaboose Cellar at Andrews Brewing Company in Andrews NC
Fri 8/15 6.30pm Straightaway Cafe in Black Mountain NC
Sat 8/16 7pm Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company in Sapphire NC
Sun 8/17 12pm The Phoenix in Brevard NC
Wed 8/20 6.30 Harvest Table in Meadowview VA
Thu 8/21 7pm Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone NC
Fri 8/22 8pm Quaker Steak & Lube in Concord NC
Sat 8/23 7pm Polliwogs in Columbia SC
Wed 8/27 6pm Iron Horse Station in Hot Springs NC
Thu 8/28 2pm Private Show in High Point NC
Thu 8/29 5pm The Sweet Shop in Greensboro NC
Fri 8/29 10.45am Private Show in High Point NC
Fri 8/29 6pm Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison VA
Sat 8/30 7pm Uptown Coffee in Farmville VA

Wishing you a happy and fulfilled month of August

The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof

show time at The Phoenix

Friday, July 11, 2014

Band of Coincidence

Thank you, Leena Dbouk and the Spartanburg Herald Journal for this captivating write-up in your July 10th, 2014, edition:

"The Wilhelm Brothers are similar to the sounds of Damien Rice but with an Americana influence rather than Irish. There is a certain folk aspect in Wilhelm's voice, guitar melodies and Ensslin's bass lines, but when Ensslin's beautiful cello melodies enter the mix, a unique fusion is created with a passion that is often found in classical pieces such as Bach's Cello Suite." - Click here to read the full article

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kira Velella Dares to Dream

In our brand new Dare To Dream - Awesome Conversations about Music, Passion, Success and Happiness video series, we interview artists that we've had the pleasure to meet or share the stage with, and whose music we very much like. We also invite the artist to play one or two of their songs live and raw, and conclude the program with a studio-recording of theirs.

The intention is to introduce amazing musicians to you, our dear friends, fans and supporters, so that you get the chance to listen to new music somewhat regularly that you otherwise may never have heard of.

We ask our musical guests to recommend ways to go about making one's dreams come true. In other words, what you need to do to Dare To Dream.

Our first guest on the show is Kira Velella, singer-songwriter of the folkish persuasion, from New York City. She shares two important messages:
    1. Find a community of people in the field you are passionate about. Be a part of a group that will allow your creative juices to flow and help you move forward in your dream.
    2. Get exposure to material that inspires you. Read/Listen/Watch as much as you can from those you admire in the field you are passionate about.
Have fun seeing and listening the whole awesome conversation with and performance of Kira Velella:



Show hosts: Cristof Ensslin of The Wilhelm Brothers and his lovely wife Sophia of Reflection Pond

Friday, July 4, 2014

July Features a Charity Concert

Dear Friends,

There's a busy July ahead of us. While we'll give it our all at every single show to entertain you well and make you smile on a potentially "rainy" day, we'd like to highlight one show in particular. We're helping the fully volunteer-run organisation Artists-4-Life in their annual fundraising effort to support Children's Cancer Association's Music Rx program. It's fulfilling to see what healing effect music can have - whether it's for peace of mind or miracle healings of ailing bodies.

So, we're broadcasting our July 20th show at Hendersonville NC's Southern Appalachian Brewery online worldwide through Artists-4-Life's platform. Please, tune in! It's 5-6 online, or come by in person for the whole show 5-7. Your donations go directly to CCA and are very welcome right here under this link.

All shows in July:

Tue 7/8 3pm Private Show in Jamestown NC
Tue 7/8 7pm Temple Theatre in Sanford NC
Wed 7/9 2pm Private Show in Durham NC
Wed 7/9 6:30pm Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh NC
Fri 7/11 8pm The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw NC
Sat 7/12 7pm Capri on Main in Gaffney SC (w/ awesome Kira Velella)
Sun 7/13 3pm 12noon Tin Roof in Charlotte NC
Sun 7/13 10pm Jack of the Wood in Asheville NC
Wed 7/16 8pm Square Root in Brevard NC
Thu 7/17 7pm Still Mountain in Hot Springs NC
Fri 7/18 7pm Polliwogs in Columbia SC
Sat 7/19 7pm M.A.D. Studios in Augusta GA
Sun 7/20 5pm Artists-4-Life charity concert Online Worldwide
Sun 7/20 5pm Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville NC
Wed 7/23 6pm Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain NC
Thu 7/24 9pm Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Charleston WV
Fri 7/25 7pm Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston WV
Sat 7/26 9:30pm Trolley Stop in Dayton OH
Sun 7/27 1pm Still Mountain in Hot Springs NC
Mon 7/28 8pm The Phoenix in Brevard NC
Tue 7/29 9:30pm Tattoed Moose in Charleston SC
Thu 7/31 4pm Hot Fish in Murrells Inlet SC

We're looking forward to seeing y'all's lovely faces and smiles!

Best wishes to all of you
The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof

Singing at Turntable Jamestown NC recently