Lilac Wine is best described as a sweet and heady musical recipe. The main ingredients are unexpected song choices, skillful musicianship and adventurous arrangements that magically combine into music that both alluring and hypnotic for the listener. For Rob Henson, founding member and bassist, Lilac Wine provides the ideal ensemble that can passionately play many musical genres other than the typical jazz and folk styles most commonly associated with acoustic groups.
As one of Atlanta's most versatile musicians, Rob has played and/or recorded as a bass player with a wide array of musical groups including the Yacht Rock Revue, the Atlanta Symphony, Telegram, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Jukebox Fiasco, the Atlanta Ballet, and numerous singer-songwriters such as Shawn Mullins, David Ryan Harris and Vince Gill. From 2006 - 2012 Rob recorded and toured the United States with singer/songwriter Corey Smith, playing over 150 shows a year, as well as recording five studio albums, and opening for legendary acts such as ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Snoop Dog, and Eric Church.
In late 2013, Rob recruited first-call guitarist, singer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Grant Reynolds to be the Swiss army knife of the future Lilac Wine lineup. Relocating from LA to his hometown of Atlanta in 2008, Grant has worked with many respected local music artists including Heather Luttrell, Brian Collins Band, Gareth Asher, Davin McCoy, Lefty Williams Band, Francisco Vidal, Sonia Leigh, and Yacht Rock Schooner. Known for his technical proficiency, adaptability, and well-rounded musicality, Grant also co-founded the electrifying Reynolds & Williams Band with Joel Williams (former Zac Brown Band guitarist), and has most recently toured and recorded with Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland's new endeavor, "Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project."
Unlike Grant and Rob, Larissa Mia is new to the professional music scene and Lilac Wine is her first band. As recently as a year ago, Mia did not sing in public, only for herself at home. Then she made a personal leap to singing at open mic events, which is where Henson and Reynolds found her. The two musicians were immediately taken with her voice that sounded so soulful it was like like mist on a cool damp night.
Mark Gresham, reviewing for on July 23, 2014 at Lilac Wine's debut concert at Steve's Live Music commented, "Her buoyant, often sultry voice comes with a remarkable natural musicianship, an ease of phrasing and infection with spot-on intonation, meshing beautifully with the playing of her seasoned colleagues."
Robert Henson (Bass),
Grant Reynolds (Guitar/Mandolin/Lap guitar),
Larissa Mia (Vocals/Guitar)