Based in Athens, Georgia, Wim Tapley came of age playing venues in Washington D.C. and its sprawling suburbs. There, he honed his voice with the passion of a born troubadour, drawing in a diverse fanbase with his easy showmanship and distinct style.
Since 2021, Athens has been home to Wim and his live band The Cannons. His first week in the Empire State of the South, Wim made his way onto a local bill, etching a name for himself as a fresh and favorite hometown voice. He is ardently received by his ever-growing following at legendary regional venues like the Georgia Theatre, Eddie’s Attic, and the 40 Watt Club— the latter of which he’s headlined more than once— and on tours across the Southeast, playing ticketed shows in capital cities and SEC university campuses.
Firmly rooted in Americana and dashed with glamorous pop sensibilities, the swinging depths of neo-soul, and a sprinkling of riotous horns, Wim’s arresting sound is as fresh as it is ageless, as fevered as it is raucous fun.
Ever-inspired by the alchemy that happens on stage, in the studio Wim’s instruments stay live and edges remain raw. A sonic westward expansion of fuzzed-out guitars, saloon pianos, defiant horns, and dusty vocals, his discography blazes a fresh new take on folk-pop while honoring the songwriting giants that paved the way before him like Jason Isbell, Bill Withers, and Chris Stapleton.
More than a frontman, Wim is an experienced multi-instrumentalist and producer. On his most recent release The Woodlands he played, recorded, and co-produced every element himself. While capable and compelling as a one-man-band, Wim’s genuine warmth and natural gift for building community compels creative partnerships wherever his feet land. In Athens, he’s migrated his production chops from his bedroom to his label Cannon Records where he produces multiple hometown talents in collaboration with the greatests sound engineers and session artists in Athens.
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