Q: Who are you and where are you from?
A: My name is Jamie Lin Wilson and I live in D’Hanis, Texas – a little map dot between San Antonio & Uvalde.
Q: What’s it like to be a Real Housewife of Dhanis?
A: Ha! You know, I’ve been trying to get that hashtag to catch on around here but I guess all the other ladies are too busy doing actual work to mess with social media. I do like to use it, though. Mainly to show folks that in small towns all over, life is still like you remember it as a kid. I show pictures of my kids riding their bikes in the street & playing in the yard when they think they’re unsupervised; lots and lots of pictures of the amazing South Texas skies, at dawn & dusk; but mainly just pictures and anecdotes from real life. I think it may be a reminder (for sure to myself, but maybe to others, too) to slow down, keep it simple, recognize the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to appreciate the humor in everyday life.
Q: How different was your life five years ago?
A: Five years ago, I was touring non-stop with The Trishas with a two-year-old, while pregnant. Now, I have three amazing kids and half the time I travel alone. But then, same as now, I was making music I love and believe in, with people I love and believe in.
Q: What three words would you choose to describe yourself?
A: Multitasker. Affectionate. Curious.
Q: How excited are you to perform at MusicFest as The Trishas again?
A: I’m very excited! I love those ladies and we haven’t been able to spend a lot of time together recently. So, it’ll be nice to fall back into old habits and be able to put on a great show in the place we originated. AND we’ll have a really great band backing us, so that always steps it up a notch or two!
Q: What makes you laugh out loud?
A: Dumb jokes, puns, my kids trying to figure out what words mean by just trying to use them in a sentence… also, my 4-year-old’s impression of me. It’s hilarious.
Q: Favorite MusicFest memory?
A: I get a new one every year! There are always so many moments, and you think there is no way it can ever be topped. Then, the next day it gets topped! Last year’s tribute shows were so much fun. Getting to sing all the background vocals to the Merle Haggard and Tom Petty shows, then also getting to sing “Instant Coffee Blues” with Suzy Bogguss during the Guy Clark tribute. It was a pretty special year over all.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
A: I get to do what I love for a living. I meet cool people and see amazing things on a regular basis, and I just try to enjoy it all and not take it for granted. I love seeing a love for music and travel in my children on account of what I do, and I love that they are always ready for an adventure because they think that’s normal life. No two days are the same, and that’s how I like it.
Q: What movie title best describes your life?
A: Oh man. I need to look at a list of movie titles. If there’s one about not having time to watch movies, that would be it. Haha.
Q: What is your spirit animal and why?
A: My spirit animal?? Is that something the kids say these days? *shakes fist in the air*
Q: Who are you most excited to see at MusicFest?
A: I always love going to see the shows that I don’t get to see often. I never miss Paul Thorn on the mountain; I look forward to seeing Matt Skinner every year; John Fullbright – man, I love him; but most of all, I love the swaps that are put together. You never really know what you’re gonna get and I love that.
Q: What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
A: Eat at Bill & Rosa’s in D’Hanis, TX and get a half order pepper steak & scalloped potatoes.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
A: I’m really both, and it gets me in trouble a lot. I stay up way too late when I’m gone, but I can’t sleep past 8. When I’m home, I’m up at 6. When I’m away, sometimes I’m up till then. It’s a mess, really.
Q: Fill in the blank: It’s not a good song until…
A: I want to send it to my biggest critics (who are also my best friends).
Q: What part about MusicFest are you most looking forward to this year?
A: I always look forward to getting to see so many of my friends in one place, in a different yet familiar environment. Every year is a guaranteed good time, yet every year holds new fun to be had. I just feel like MusicFest is a reward for me, for working hard all year. And I’m glad I get to be a part of it.