Who are The WillowWacks?
The WillowWacks are comprised of newlywed’s Micah and Lauren Gilliam. In a day where many youth are losing touch with the ‘live’ music of yesteryear, both Micah and Lauren play multiple instruments, write music and sing. The WillowWacks sound is defined by Lauren’s timeless, tender vocal style and Micah’s diverse, playful acoustic instrumentation.
They released their debut EP “The WillowWacks” in October of 2013, and have since garnered a strong local following and have become regular performers at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, The Natural Life Festival and The Clean Water Music Festival, a benefit put on by local stars Flagship Romance. They have also performed multiple times at the world-class Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, sharing the stage with acts such as Shawn Colvin and the Blind Boys of Alabama. They embarked on their first U.S. tour last fall, traveling as far as Portland, Oregon and played at the legendary Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.
The WillowWacks have a truly ‘home-spun’ approach to all aspects of their music. “We make our t-shirt designs, banner’s and cd’s ourselves. We stamp each copy by hand, using our own designs and Lauren’s hand-carved linoleum prints. It coincides with what we want people to feel when they hear our music; something organic and intentional, made out of love and gratitude.”
“We prefer to play in peaceful, focused settings, no matter how small, where you can literally hear a pin drop. We excel in environments where people are present and listening and really along for the story we are weaving. For us, nothing can replace the feeling that a deeply intimate atmosphere brings, and we thrive on rising to the challenge of making those moments special, meaningful and worthwhile to the listener’s.”Apart from The WillowWacks, Micah and Lauren lead successful artistic lives, Micah as a studio producer and studio musician, and Lauren as a blown-glass artist and musician. They are currently writing and recording the beginnings of their next record, which is being produced and engineered in Micah’s home studio with the help of other local musicians and friends.
The WillowWacks most recent project was a St. Augustine, Florida documentary film & compilation record entitled “Local Honey,” involving 15 local musicians who lived, wrote and recorded music together over a week in a secluded historic plantation Home. Local Honey was just released this in April and can be found at localhoneythemovie.com.