June Newsletter

Here’s the March 2012 newsletter … click here to view it in its full form, or read the abbreviated version below…

Howdy folks, Betse here… we told you back in March that we’d be playing a couple shows this summer… well, the shows are upon us, this week!


8 pm, Friday, June 29: Arts in the Park @ Larry Norvell Band Shell, Manhattan, KS

It’s a free show, and we’re happy to come back to play the park!

Go to this link for
Manhattan, KS and click on “2012 Arts in the Park Schedule”

9 pm, Saturday, June 30: The Wilders at Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO

This one is all Wilders, all night… we’ll be playing favorite songs and tunes from our 15 years of music so far…

Excited to play for our hometown friends and family. Thank you Kansas City!!

Knuckleheads Saloon

Go to “Upcoming Shows” and scroll down to June 30… there’s a link for advance tickets.

Then, we are offically on our hiatus. We’ve already been on a break since our shows in February/March – it’ll be great to get back together for these two nights – we wish we could teleport everywhere to share it with you all in person! We know there are so many family and friends and fans and supporters and presenters and programmers and music business associates of all kinds who had everything to do with all of our adventures over the last 15 years. We’re grateful for every experience and when we get to reunite with you all, we’ll be so happy.

if you want to cast a vote for the Vox Populi portion of the IMAs (the judges awarded us the best Alt.Country album of 2011 recently – but the people have a choice, too!), you can check out their site:


You do have to register to vote. You will probably get turned on to a lot of other cool music while you check out the IMA site. That’s always cool…

BETSE ELLIS SOLO: I am starting a separate email list as I am starting to get out there in the world with my solo performing, and some other collaborative projects… so far it’s been great. Most recently I got to pay tribute to John Hartford at the John Hartford Memorial Festival at Bean Blossom, Indiana. I am a devotee of John’s music and songs and it was magical to be a part of this festival.

If you want to know where I’ll be performing, I’d be grateful if you’d sign up for my own list, also through ReverbNation… here’s a link:

Betse Ellis Reverbnation site

I have my own website, and a little blog, too:

Betse Ellis Music

I really hope to connect with all you Wilders fans when I’m out there doing my FiddleBetse thing.

Now, we hope to see a whole lot of you this weekend… we’ll drop you a line when anything exciting happens, and in the meantime, be well, and be happy, and know


December 2011 Newsletter

Here’s the December 2011 newsletter … click here to view it in its full form, or read the abbreviated version below…

Hi folks,

Ike here, with some news for ya.  After 12 years of the Ike, Betse, Nate, and Phil show, we’re gonna take a well-deserved break.  I believe the Funk & Wagnalls word for that is “hiatus”…basically a fancy way to say we don’t know what the future holds, but we know we’re gonna be giving The Wilders some time off to check out life from a different focus and direction for a year, and then see how we feel after that.  We do have some shows in December around home, and have a few special select performances planned for 2012. 
Friends, the last 12 years have been the most amazing experience…we wish we could sit you down and tell you all the tour stories, let you stand in the middle of this outrageous band while we’re playing and feel the fire, let you see from the stage all the welcoming and rocking faces that make every night meaningful, and throw you in the van so you could come visit all the big parts of the world we’ve been so lucky to see.  We are so thankful to all of you:  our fans, our friends, and our families…we could never have done any of this without your support and love.  That is the one thing we know for sure. 
And another thing:  we have to give a big hearty thank you and hug to our long-time agent, Mary Brabec.  We could have never achieved what we have without you.  You made opportunities magically appear for us and always took the extra step in spreading the Wilders love.  Thank you, Mary.
We are really proud of our most recent album, “The Wilders”… it was released earlier this summer on Free Dirt Records.  John Smith, label owner, is another true believer and we thank you, John, for putting out this album, and for all you’ve done for us too.  Phil produced it, and we wrote and played our hearts out and we’re really proud of what we made.  Maybe ya wanna check it out, if ya haven’t already… you can see and order it on our site … the No Depression blog gave it a thumbs-up recently, and we appreciate that.  
So, now what?
Well, let’s enjoy and see what happens (good advice for almost any situation).   We’re not doing a “farewell tour” or anything like that…”hiatus”, remember?  But if ya want, come on out and see us before we take our break.  We’re gonna play a little bit in December with our St. Louis friends, Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three.  Look for us in St. Louis, Lawrence, KS and Columbia, MO.  Then we head down to the Ozarks for a couple of shows, too…Hey, just check out the tour page …it knows more than we do.

We do have a few goodies booked for 2012 and we’re excited about those.  Keep an eye on the tour page for the announcements… but in 2012, for the most part, we all get to see again (for better or worse) what a Wilder-less year looks like.  Could be cool…or could be nasty…or anything in between.  We’ll just have to see…
Everybody knows bands don’t stay together forever…except the Rolling Stones…and the wonderful polka band formed out of the dust of the Korean War and northern Minnesota, “Dutch” Drebbel and his Fiddle-Faddle Fellahs (actually, we made that up…but it probably exists anyway).  But the good thing is:  music lasts forever.  Thank you for listening to ours, and for inspiring it as well.  We really couldn’t have done it with out you.
Much love to y’all… we are THE WILDERS from KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI!!!  Thanks for listening.
Your pals,
Ike, Betse, Nate, and Phil