Wild the Waters


Wild the Waters performs interpretations of American music, including: new and vintage country, rock, roots, rockabilly, jazz, folk songs, and oldies – all with acoustic guitar accompaniment. Our passion is to entertain by evoking authenticity of musical style and genre through classic songs and melodies.

Wild the Waters features Lexi Jackson on lead vocals and Mike Conner on lead guitar.  Wild the Waters also plays as a full band featuring Dan Perriello on drums and Derek Evry on bass. 

Lexi Jackson


Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Lexi has never left her country roots and enjoys every minute of performing on stage with Wild the Waters.  She is the lead singer in Wild the Waters and also plays rhythm guitar.  Lexi started her career as a classically trained singer majoring in Music at the University of Virginia and has since performed in operas in Italy and musicals in New York City. 

Mike Conner

Mike is a guitarist with broad musical interests and experience performing in both the midwest and DC area since the late 1990s. Mike has performed, written, and recorded in a variety of bands from brassy ska through alt-country folk to song-driven indie rock.

Derek Evry

Derek Evry is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter who has made himself a household name with alternative/pop rock. Derek’s music has been featured on several television shows, including ABC’s crime drama “Castle”, as well as on several radio stations in the D.C. area, including DC101 101.1FM and WERA 96.7FM. Derek has performed in venues and clubs all across the country, including The Kennedy Center (D.C.), The 930 Club (D.C.), The Black Cat (D.C.), IOTA Club & Café (Arlington), The Fillmore (Silver Spring), The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor), The Milestone (Charlotte), Alex’s Bar (Long Beach), and dozens of other incredible music venues. Derek has released 5 albums of original music under his own name, as well as several singles, and performed on multiple artist’s releases, including Rachel Levitin, Carolyn Crysdale, and Tom Goss. His latest album “Pop Perspective” was released on September 22, 2017.

Dan Perriello

Dan Perriello is a born drummer.  When his parents couldn’t afford a drum set or lessons, Dan began air drumming with chopsticks, reading, watching and listening to everything he could to teach himself drums.  Finally acquiring a vintage Rogers set two agonizing years later, he immediately joined his first band and played his first gig within months.  In the nearly 30 years since, Dan has performed with countless top Washington, DC musicians at major venues such as the 9:30 Club and Nationals Park.  He has recorded several EPs and full-length albums, had his songs licensed to television shows, and won a Washington Area Music Association “WAMMIE” award.  As excited to play now as when he got his first drum set, Dan currently shares his dedication to the drums as a passionate educator and performer in the Washington, DC area.