warm, supple melodies etched in layers of stringed instruments & willowy organ motifs accompany wilson’s earnest, north carolinan drawl. the debut solo album by the songwriter/musician/producer is steeped equally in the woodsy contours of his blue ridge experiences & the atmospheric guitar reveries of neil young & quicksilver messenger service (with occasional echoes of pink floyd). in fact, it is remarkably evocative of that golden late 60s/early 70s period when rural & urban sensibilities colluded in producing some of rock’s most imperishable recordings. it should then come as no surprise that wilson, so resolutely committed to “old school” musical values, began recording ‘gentle spirit’ in l.a.’s fabled laurel canyon. as a long-time student of “canyon culture”, his ideas echo many of an earlier generation as the album embraces a unique blend of folk, country, rock & roll & pop elements. recommended for fans of vetiver, john grant, neil young. “by being so dedicated to the past, wilson has shaped a delicious future” 4/5 – mojo, “compelling” 4/5 – uncut.