Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released twelve studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.
Wilco’s music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country style of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop. Wilco’s musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current “eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres”.
Wilco garnered media attention for their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001), and the controversy surrounding it. After the recording sessions were complete, Reprise Records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. As part of a buy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the album to Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say the album showed “how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-first century.” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco’s most successful release to date, selling over 670,000 copies. Wilco won two Grammy Awards for their fifth studio album, 2004’s A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album. Wilco released their twelfth studio album, Cruel Country, in May 2022.
How to book Wilco?
Email, call or fill out our contact form below. We will get in touch with you to go over some preliminary questions about your event. Following our initial consult we will reach out to Wilco’s agent for availability and an accurate quote. To book we will send you an offer authorization form for the artist to accept. Once accepted we’ll get the final contract and deposit together to confirm your show!
How much does Wilco cost?
Wilco’s performance fees vary greatly depending on a variety of factors including: date, type of event, distance from previous/next event (routing), length of performance and more! Any website that lists an artist’s fee can be off by tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. While we are happy to give ballpark guidance, all quotes we send you are the true numbers established by Wilco’s agent.
What happens after I book with you?
Following your confirmed booking we will schedule planning meetings for all of the details and logistics. Our parent company, Contemporary Productions, can handle everything from the artist’s sound, lights and instrument rental to managing your entire event. We can also staff your event with a Contemporary Booking coordinator to ensure all parties are happy and that the show goes off without a hitch!
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