Texas Hill Country
Come Thou Fount
Walkin' the Dog
There are many things in this world that Britt enjoys, but the one thing standing
head and shoulders above all is playing music. He says that it speaks to his very
core, makes him laugh, makes him cry, and most of all allows him to do something
fun and beautiful with people he enjoys and loves. At the age of 8, Britt picked up
his first stringed instrument, a ukulele. Lord knows how he now wishes it had been
a violin. Nevertheless, he quickly graduated from a baritone ukulele to a small
guitar. Britt grew up primarily in the Church of Christ in West Texas, singing
acapella and gaining a strong ear for harmonies from every angle. As a youngster,
he spent a lot of time playing music in the living room with family and friends. In
college, he developed a special affection for bluegrass while playing with some
guys from Fort Worth. Britt’s early adult years were spent performing oldies rock
and roll with “The Sharks” in Amarillo for about eight years. Once The Sharks
dispersed, a remnant of that band saw the light, and became “Juan and the
Conchos”. They developed their own style of bluegrass, western swing and
cowboy music. The Sharks and Conchos have remained life long friends still
gathering annually to play music together. From 2004 to current, he’s had the
privilege of being the side-guy to Mike Childs, a fine singer-songwriter and guitar
player in Fredericksburg. Britt, Mike and their other side-guy, Ann Dickie, gather
periodically to perform Mike’s original songs and remain in a regular rotation of
worship leaders at Hill Country Church in Fredericksburg. Now, he’s fully
addicted to Haywire as a guitar player and singer since the beginning of the band in
2012. This is the genre of music he dearly loves, and is pleased to share the stage
with some fine musicians who have, once again, become dear friends. Britt’s daily
work is as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Fredericksburg.
He has been with Edward Jones since November 1998.
Bass player Jon Whitley, born in Kansas, transplanted to Texas as quick as he could. Jon is married to Kim and enjoys life in the Hill Country. He has 2 daughters,
1 step-daughter and 3 grandchildren. As owner of his own company, he spends most of his days on heavy equipment moving heaven and earth for those that need it. When he's not playing in the dirt, he's hunting, fishing or spending time with friends and family. He loves playing guitar, upright bass and on a rare occasion the fiddle. Jon may be a country boy at heart, but bluegrass runs through his veins, having played with other duos, bands and even Haywire on occasion, before joining the band full-time in 2020.
Jon enjoys being with Haywire and adding his gifted rhythm to the lives of those listening.
Mandolin player, David Wilson calls the Hill Country of Texas home living fourth generation on a family ranch with his wife, Trish. He is the father of Devin, 34 and Whitney 32 who are both grown and pursing lives of their own. Plus, two grandsons that make his life pretty much complete. David loves spending time picking with Haywire band-mates and in private jam sessions with his favorites Ricky Skaggs, Claire Lynch, Rhonda Vincent and others in the privacy of his own home, and them on the CD player. David just retired in 2019 from working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a Fisheries Technician, for over 30 years. In his spare time, David plays mandolin, guitar and sings with anyone anytime including friends in the Hill Country area and with other bands when needed. He likes being outside on the ranch, traveling, spending time with family or hunting with his son. He loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. David enjoys being with Haywire and working up sweet tunes in classic Hill Country acoustic style to share with anyone who loves good times and great music.
David’s first interest in music was Rock. All through high school he played rhythm guitar and sang lead in a garage rock band until acoustic music became popular due to John Denver and James Taylor. At that time he switched to acoustic guitar for several years. Then in 1972, while driving home one weekend from college, he heard “Deliverance” on the radio and a life-long love affair with the 5-string banjo started. Although he bought a “cheap” banjo that same weekend, due to the challenges of college, he never spent much time learning it until he graduated in 1977. Upon graduation, although he couldn’t play a single song all the way through, he heard about a bluegrass band looking for a banjo player and decided to give it a try. He auditioned one night, and out of pure need, or maybe pity, they decided to give him a chance to learn. The band leader took a stack of Jimmy Martin albums and circled about 20 songs and told David to learn them by the next practice. That’s how he really got started. All through the 80s he played in various bluegrass bands in the North Texas area, meeting and becoming friends with some of the Nashville bluegrass stars today. Then due to the challenges of raising kids and work, he stopped regularly playing banjo for about 15 years. After moving to the Hill Country in 2004, he met David Wilson at a music camp and struck up a friendship. Together they formed a band called Cross Mountain. After a couple of years that band broke up paving the way for Haywire, the best group of musicians and friends he has ever had the honor of playing with. David primarily plays the bluegrass banjo with Haywire, but also plays rhythm guitar and clawhammer banjo when a song dictates. David is married and has 4 grown children and six grandchildren. He is a part-time practicing veterinarian and a full time consultant to the Animal Health Industry.
Jenny has been singing all of her life. Growing up in a musical family gave her many great influences to learn from. Her dad, Clay, and his parents, Bob and Joyce, were a part of a bluegrass band, The Poverty Playboys, for many years. Clay would often play guitar for her and her two older sisters, Adrian and Samantha, to sing together in church. Jenny learned how to sing harmony by listening to her mom, Betsy, sing along with the radio. Jenny took piano lessons as a child for several years. She was always involved in choir, both at church and in school. She received many vocal honors throughout the years. Her husband, Austin, is the Area Representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Gillespie County. Jenny is the very proud mother of a handsome 12 year old boy, Braden. He seems to have the musical gene, currently taking mandolin lessons. He loves fishing and enjoys playing golf. Jenny is a Kerrville native and owns her own photography business called Cypress Girl Photography. She does photo sessions for clients as well as rents and runs a photo booth at events. She also has a photo printing business where she makes photo canvases as well as regular prints. In 2019 she became the photographer for Fredericksburg Neighbors Magazine.
She loves fishing, kayaking, camping and hunting. Jenny feels incredibly blessed to be a part of Haywire and to get to spend so much time with amazing musicians. She loves being in a band that has no stress and that now has been making music for 8 years.
Divine Artist Series
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Red, White, & Bluegrass
Bending Branch Winery
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Photo By: Sigal Mizrahi
BOOKING | David Wilson 830-459-3810
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