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Wil Maring

b. Lillian Maring, c. 1965, Waterloo, Iowa, USA. Maring grew up in Makanda, Illinois. She began playing guitar and writing songs from an early age. With her musical partner Mark Stoffel (b. Munich, Germany; fiddle/mandolin), she founded the group Shady Mix for a 1989 gig in Carbondale, Illinois. Others in the early line-up were Kelley Sims (guitar) and Geoff Maring (bass). The band made some well-received albums: Made In The Shade (1991), Songs Of The Ranch And Range (1996), Bottomlands (1998), Shady Mix: Live (2005). Leading Shady Mix, Maring appeared throughout the USA as well as making trips to Japan and from 1992 Europe, attracting considerable acclaim in Germany. This led to a spell when Maring and Stoffel settled in Germany, forming a new version of Shady Mix with local musicians. In 2001, Maring and Stoffel returned to the USA where they gathered together some of the original Shady Mix members to form a new edition of the group.

Maring’s songwriting shows her interest in country music, bluegrass and folk forms from many lands (she has a master’s degree in anthropology), and her work demonstrates considerable variety in themes and the content of lyrics. In 1998, she was a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in North Carolina. Her songs include ‘Black Snake Of The Sky’, ‘The Calling’, ‘Keeper Of The Farm’, ‘Going Down’, and ‘Window Seat’. Maring has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and in addition to her work with Stoffel and Shady Mix, she has appeared in concert with virtuoso guitarist and fiddler Robert Bowlin.
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Track List: The Calling

1. The Open Road

2. Back In The High Life Again

3. Keeper Of The Farm

4. Black Snake Of The Sky

5. Going Down

6. Make You Smile

7. Window Seat

8. The Rain Came Down

9. The Calling

10. All Gone

11. Real But Not Right

12. Save Me

13. You Leave

14. High Clover

15. Rows

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Track List: The Turning Of A Century

1. The Turning Of A Century

2. Keeping Time With You

3. Daisies And Poppies

4. Reminds Me Of Missouri

5. One In The Great White Yonder

6. A Dance To The St. Anne's Reel

7. Love Doesn't Come So Easy

8. Sunny Side Of The Mountain

9. The 28th Of April

10. Pardon Me

11. Just Look For Me

12. To The End Of The Trail

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My favorite is"8 More Miles to Louisvlle". I love her sound.
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hhbmusic6
Wil. Your songs make me feel good when I hear you singing. I hope you can perform in South Bend, IN sometime. Henry
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Discovered this beautiful singer/songw r i t e r a few months back. Great listen. Now I hope to see her live tomorrow at a house concert in SoCal. Glad she is out here for a short visit!
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I had the privilege of vidoetaping a live performance in N.CA by Wil and her partner Robert Bowlin. She played guitar and Robert, an amazing multi-instru m e n t a l i s t , played the mandolin. Also interviewed them afterwards. She is beautiful and gracious with a mature talent far beyond her present notoriety. She is an artist to listen to and take seriously.
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Can't say enough about this wonderful singer and songwriter! She is an incredible talent and a super nice, down to earth lady! Give her a listen, you won't be sorry!
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wil is an extraordinar y song writer. i have the the good fortune of knowing her personally. as often as i have seen her perform she still moves with her simple and gentle songs about mississippi valley living. someone please discover her and give her a rightful place in folk, americana history! i know her...but i am being unbiased!
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cburrell80
I'm very fortunate that I live in southern Illinois where Wil lives. I get to see her often at local events. She's an awesome lady with an incredible voice. I love the emails she sends out to her fans too. If you can, get on her mailing list, it's very entertaining . On todays email she's asking for ideas for a name for the horse she just got. She's also on My Space at: http://myspa c e . c o m / w i l m a r i n g I just love this woman, she feels like an old friend the first time you talk to her.
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covenant3
Sounds very similar to Lucy Kaplansky in style and vocal quality.
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Fabulous sound. I really like the clever lyrics and Wil's amazing voice.

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