Decades ago, Brad Wilson would perform at Summerville High School dances when he was a student there.
On Friday, he’ll be playing Black Oak Casino’s Willow Creek Lounge the night before his high school reunion.
“Some things just don’t change,” he said during a recent phone interview.
Wilson, who graduated from Summerville in 1971, lived in Twain Harte during his high school years. He credits playing his guitar in the fresh air among the tall pines with helping develop his musical skills.
After graduating, the singer-songwriter-guitarist moved to San Francisco and became involved in the music scene there before relocating to Los Angeles.
It was in L.A. that Wilson got his music featured in two John Carpenter films and soundtracks (“Vampires” and “Ghosts of Mars”).
Additionally, the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” has featured several of his songs.
“Television is such a huge audience that goes worldwide,” he said.
Another big break came when Wilson and his band opened three times for the legendary group Chicago. Wilson’s “Power Blues Guitar Live” album was actually recorded opening for Chicago.
Wilson is now based in Visalia, a centralized location for getting to his gigs throughout California. He’s expanded to playing shows in other western states including Arizona, Oregon and Washington as well. Last weekend he performed at the Oak Harbor Music Festival on Whidbey Island near Seattle.
Brad Wilson and The Rollin’ Blues Thunder Band play up to 100 shows a year, appearing at wineries, casinos, festivals and other venues all over the West Coast.
Wilson will soon wrap up his“Bluesalicious Summer Tour” in support of his most recent album “Blues Thunder.”
In the meantime, Wilson said he’s looking forward to visiting with friends from high school this week and reconnecting with the area.
“I’m going to get outside and enjoy the sweet smell of the pines,” he said.