Just last week, the folk/Americana infused 11-track LP premiered exclusively on NPR’s First Listen and revealed the overflow of rich songwriting and fluid lyricism, followed by NPR raving it as “an album filled with strong melodies and first-rate playing.“ The collection includes recently released singles “Van Dyke Brown,” “Born In The Right Country,” “Motel 6” and “Darkness In Mind.” Full tracklisting can be found below.
In conjunction with today’s album release, River Whyless has also premiered the video for their second single “Born In The Right Country”. PRESS HERE to watch the riveting and politically driven visual. NPR’s Heavy Rotation previously praised the single and stated “The eternal quest for the American Dream is the centerpiece of ‘Born In The Right Country,’ the latest single from the Asheville, NC quartet River Whyless. Few and far between are the songs reminding us of our widely divergent perceptions of equality, and ‘Born In The Right Country’ is a personal litmus test for the times, challenging us to confront our own discomfort with the widening chasm separating the haves and have-nots, and obliterating that unspoken rule about not getting above your raising. Lyrically, it’s heartfelt without feeling like an indictment, while sonically, Halli Anderson’s hauntingly celestial harmonies, the eloquence of the arrangement, and the bass line tug at your sense of unease. Songwriter Ryan O’Keefe’s acknowledgement that our fabled ‘American Dream’ relies on skin tone and social strata is a graceful, pointed distillation of the idea that it might just turn out to be nothing more than a mirage.”
The band is currently on the road for their summer tour, making stops in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago & more. PRESS HERE for ticket information and full tour routing can be found below.
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