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His band, also known as Van Wilks, has topped music polls by the Austin Sun (Band of the Year), the Austin Chronicle (Best Hard-Rock Band four years in a row) and KLBJ-FM(Best Austin Band). Austin’s Mayor has proclaimed November 6 as “Van Wilks Day” and the Texas Legislature presented him with the Texas flag and a plaque honoring his musical contributions to the State. The French magazine “Guitarist” has placed Van’s records in the editor’s top picks two years running.

Declared “a perfect cross between Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen” by the Austin-American Statesman, Van Wilks has toured nationally and internationally with such acts as ZZ Top (whose Billy Gibbons is one of Van’s biggest supporters) and torn the roof off nightclubs and concert halls from Lubbock, Texas , the Virgin Islands, Moscow, Paris, Madrid, and countless points all over Europe. As the Houston Chronicle noted of one show: “By the end of the night we were all so delirious we wouldn’t let them go until they came out for several post-closing-time encores”.

The four song E.P. “Boystown” prompted the Austin-American Statesman to proclaim the song a classic and with the release of “Soul of a Man” Van Wilks’ scorching blues-rock upped the anty.

“Koko’s Hideaway” received the highest rating in the Stockholm daily by critic Magnus Eriksson and “Texas Jukin”again showcased both taste and raw power with an English writer proclaiming: that Van “does things to his Gibson guitar that deserves an X-certificate!” “Running From Ghosts” is an eclectic powerhouse displaying a mastery of tone fused with soulful vocals.

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