Walt Wilkins on life, music and inspiration

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Emily Ng

Country musician Walt Wilkins worked with producers in Nashville, Tennessee before deciding to return to the music scence in Texas. Wilkins performs with his band, The Mystiqueros, weekly throughout Central Texas and locally every Wednesday at The Saxon Pub.

Katie Paschall

As comfortable as an old pair of blue jeans, Walt Wilkins, singer, writer and producer of old country and blue grass music, soothed the souls in the audience as he performed with his band, The Mystiqueros, at one of their weekly gigs at The Saxon Pub on Wednesdays.

The body of Wilkins’ guitar reveals a mural of the Texas sunset. A combination of distressed browns, dusty reds, warm yellows and pale blues customize the guitar and personalize the artist. 

His spiritual journey as a musician began at the age of 8 when his dad played records by artists including Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell. 

“I’ve always been inspired to write, and it started when I was young,” Wilkins said. “I haven’t stopped learning and growing ever since.” 

Wilkins has a natural songwriting style that leaves a lasting impression on his audience. His honest lyrics create a comfortable atmosphere, allowing his audience to listen and relate to him on a personal level. 

“I write about life because I am inspired by it,” Wilkins said. “There’s always something going on. We’re all tangled up with different things, when really, we all hurt and love in the same way.”

Stephanie Smith, a devout fan and audience member, had nothing but praises about the legendary musician’s performance. 

“Walt allows himself to become vulnerable during his shows. He opens up to people with his lyrics and the music does the rest,” Smith said. “His songs are real. When he performs, you can feel what he feels.” 

Another member of the audience, Kyla Jeschke, had never attended a Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros show before. With intentions to go out for a drink with friends, she said she was pleasantly surprised when the music began. 

“His voice is so captivating,” Jeschke said. “His concerts are like old, memorable conversations that make me feel like I’ve known him my whole life.” 

Before nailing down a specific sound, Wilkins had to explore many different genres of songwriting to find out where he fit best. After writing and performing in Texas for a few years, his songwriting talents caught the attention of producers in Nashville, Tenn. 

“Nashville was a learning experience,” Wilkins said. “I got the opportunity to write with some of my heroes.” 

A couple of months and many songs later, Wilkins found himself missing home. Although he was thankful for his opportunities in Nashville, he decided to stick to his roots and return home to his family, friends and true calling in Texas. 

Since then, Wilkins has produced many creative records by a variety of artists including Brandon Rhyder, Pat Green, Jamie Richards, Sam Baker, Bonnie Bishop and his wife, Tina Mitchell Wilkins. 

“My most memorable moments throughout my career always have my wife in them,” Wilkins said. “Whether it’s a long drive across Texas, or singing on stage with the woman I love, we’ve created some priceless memories.” 

Every week, Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros tour Central Texas, performing in cities including Austin, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and Waxahachie.

“My career will never get old,” Wilkins said. “I may sing the same songs and play with the same band, but every show is a new experience and that is what I live for.” 

Published on March 6, 2013 as "Band a mystical hit".