Every year come August, the quaint town of Challis, Idaho plays host to thousands of visitors from around the country and the globe for the annual Braun Brothers Reunion Festival. A family-friendly event for the music enthusiast, the BBR brings both well-loved and up and coming artists together with their fans in a picturesque setting for three unforgettable days. This year, the BBR will be held from August 10th-12th and will feature fourteen plus artists, including singer-songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson. In the first of a series of features to introduce you to the artists at this year's festival, Wilson very graciously agreed to talk about the festival, her musical family, and more.
Throughout the years you have played with members of the Braun family at various events, have you ever played the BBR?
I played the BBR in 2009 as a member of The Gougers, but The Trishas never went and I’ve never gone as a solo artist, so when I asked if they had any open spots this year and then they asked if I wanted to come, it was a very easy decision to say yes. It’s my birthday weekend too - and a kid-less venture - so it’s going to be extra fun.
Awhile back, someone mentioned to me that, particularly in this business, when you make close friendships, you really cherish them. It's something that you seem to have with the Brauns and other members of this musical community.
I say this all the time, but the thing about the music scene in Texas and Oklahoma that I really don’t find in any other region - and maybe it is there and I just don't know about it because I'm not there - is that everyone supports one another. We aren't in competition with one another. We want to help one another and lift one another up, make each other have better shows, songs and gain more fans. We’re close friends who do the same things, love the same things, and have similar passions - and over the years, we have come to really love each other. Because, as musicians, we typically work at the same time and don’t live close, we don’t get to see one another as much as we like, so festivals like the BBR are so cool because we get to get together like a big family. We cherish these festivals because they’re like mini-reunions - and crazy amounts of fun. It’s a big friendly thing happening…..and Idaho, well that’s just America’s best kept secret. I can tell people all day long how beautiful it is there, but until you go, you wonder how you didn’t know just how beautiful it was all along. And coming to Idaho from Texas in the middle of summer where it’s 187 degrees, well, it’s a nice reprieve (laughing).