Tarheel troubadours River Whyless, par excellence musicians at that, with essential new album for Americana fans.
By Fred Mills
Awhile back we covered Americana outfit River Whyless via our stalwart shutterbug Dave Brainard’s concert coverage; the Asheville, NC, group (depicted above by Dr. Dave) is, quite simply, a Tarheel treasure. They’ve just dropped a new album, We All the Light (Roll Call Records), and not only is it a masterpiece of nuance and texture, within its lyrical murmurs one will find a combined sense of celebration and reflection that consistently mirrors the human condition. Uncannily so.
Today on NPR’s “All Things Considered” the band was profiled, which is no small accomplishment, considering the potential audience that was exposed to the group’s work. The two principal singers and songwriters, Halli Andersen and Ryan O’Keefe, talked about some of the key songs on the record, and the emotional and familial connections that formed the basis of those songs. I have to say, as a native North Carolinian myself, it was one of the most moving interviews I’ve heard lately, one which gave me a newfound appreciation of River Whyless – a band of which I had already called myself a fan. Listen to the audio clip below. Then seek out the new record.