Artwork by Bill Nelson
A very special documentary radio series debuted in May 2021 on VPM Music. The historic recordings, some more than three decades old, feature prominent artists who were playing Richmond venues back in the day - the likes of Delbert McClinton, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, and folks like Page who have joined the Angel Band--John Cephas, J. J. Cale and Tony Rice.
Page Wilson was a Virginia native, a songwriter, musician and long-time radio host for a program called the "Out O' the Blue Radio Revue" which aired on VPM Music (then WCVE) for well over a decade. He described his programming as “pure-bred American mongrel music,” a broad spectrum of Americana that reflected his diverse musical tastes: Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly, Folk, etc.
Wilson was dedicated to supporting other musicians and encouraging attendance at live performances. One of the biggest draws of his show was the in-studio performances that he hosted, which he called “Kitchens.” Wilson had a special way of relating to his program guests because he had played the same venues and followed the same path, having tried to make it as an artist in Nashville and working locally in his popular band Reckless Abandon.
Page Wilson died at the age of 56 in March 2011.