The Olde Fish House is proud to present a very special evening with country music legend Wild Bill Emerson tonight, Aug. 13, from 5:30-9 p.m. Emerson is one of the most influential musicians in bluegrass.
He was raised in Alabama with rich country roots. He began playing guitar in 1955 and began performing at a very young age. He has written songs for George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Oak Ridge Boys, Ray Charles, Porter Wagoner, Conway Twitty and Hank Williams Jr.
Emerson joined Buzz Busby and the Bayou Boys until an automobile accident put many of the band members out of commission. Emerson then formed the Country Gentlemen to keep their booking at the Admiral Grill in Bailey's Crossroads, Va., where they recorded three singles for Starday-Dixie, including "High Lonesome" and "Hey Little Girl."
Bluegrass legend Wild Bill Emerson will perform at the Olde Fish House tonight.
From 1958 through 1972, Emerson worked with numerous bands. In 1972, while leaving the Red Fox Inn in Bethesda, Emerson was struck in the arm during a drive-by shooting. When he recovered he joined the U.S. Navy and the Navy Band the following year.
Emerson kept his name in the business by doing outside session work and performing with his country/bluegrass band, the Country Current. In 1988 Emerson recorded two solo albums for Rebel, "Home of the Red Fox" (1987) and "Gold Plated Banjo" (1991). He was also honored by Sterling Banjo Works, who issued a "signature series" of banjos ("Bill Emerson Red Fox Model") and gear after him.
Emerson left the Navy in 1993 and subsequently released a duet album with protg Wayne Taylor.
Emerson and his wife Jodi presently reside near Nashville, Tenn.
The Olde Fish House is at 4330 Pine Island Road in Matlacha.