JRC Events Presents

The Wilder Blue

Tylor & the Train Robbers, Steven Denmark, Cody Peck
Thursday, August 10 2023
7:30 PM MDT
615 West 100 South
Salt Lake City UT, 84101
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JRC Events Presents:

The Wilder Blue

with special guests...
Tylor & the Train Robbers
Steven Denmark
Cody Peck

Doors 7:00
Show 7:30

Tickets on sale now : www.jrcslc.com

Metro Music Hall
615 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT

Sharp storytelling. Gripping and gorgeous five-part harmonies.
Arrangements that can swing between fun, engaging, and lively one moment
and stirring, booming, and chill-inducing the next. These are the essential
elements that make up the sound of The Wilder Blue, the Texas five-piece who
put their own spin on rock-influenced country with their eponymous sophomore
album. Recorded at Echo Lab Studios in Denton, Texas, the band self-produced
The Wilder Blue with experienced engineer Matt Pence (Paul Cauthen, Shakey
Graves). A true collaborative effort, The Wilder Blue is a genuine democracy
where ideas, constructive criticism, and value is demanded by all parties. Built
around the keen storytelling voice of primary frontman Zane Williams, Paul
Eason’s salient lead guitar, the imaginative tandem of drummer Lyndon Hughes
and bassist Sean Rodriguez, and the striking, compelling mind of multi-
instrumentalist Andy Rogers, The Wilder Blue are only beginning to scratch the
surface of their potential.
Williams and Eason began toying with the idea of a new band in 2019 by
seeking out a nimble set of collaborators. Knowing that they wanted to
emphasize a rich vocal blend that could be replicated live, they soon enlisted
Hughes and Rogers. When Rodriguez joined, it solidified the outfit as a cohesive
unit. “Having studio time paid for by our fan subscribers gave us the chance to
relax and spread out a little,” explains Williams about the recording process for
The Wilder Blue. Recording over the course of a few three-day sessions every
few months allowed the band to experiment in the studio while avoiding harsh
deadlines or the demand of cramming an album’s worth of material into a
week’s worth of time. Often recorded to tape, vibrant tapestry of sonic swirls
emerged. “What’s fun about tape is that it forces you to commit to a take,” adds
Williams. “You don’t just record five million parts and go comb through them
later.” “The five of us were able to sit together this time around,” adds Rogers.
“Since I was playing bass and other things last time around, I was having to
think about a million different things. But for this, we all kind of felt like we
were in our zone.” In addition to implementing a lone studio for a cohesive
sound, the months between studio sessions was an added luxury. This allowed
songs and ideas to marinate and work themselves out over the course of band
practices, sound checks, and shows.
Standout single, “Feelin’ the Miles” is a prime example of a song shifting
from one idea to another. What started out as a James Taylor-esque acoustic
guitar stroll slowly but surely began to rise from the ashes of its former self.
“My original concept for that song was much more in the vein of ‘Okie Soldier’
or ’Birds of Youth,’” says Williams. “We all liked the song, but we didn’t need
another like it so basically one day, I just came up with a totally different groove
for it.” What emerged was a loping bassline and savvy banjo that evoke the
pastel glow of the 1980s where Miami Vice and Smoky & The Bandit intertwine
for a heart worn highway midnight drive where all the miles, exit signs, and
gas station coffee meld into one daunting long haul down a phantom road.
“‘Feelin’ the Miles’ was one of the first songs that felt like we were all able to
filter everyone’s collectiveness into the final version,” says Rogers. Much like in
“Feelin’ the Miles”, a looming arc of redemption, growth, and inner harmony can
be glimpsed throughout the album with the likes of the poignant “Wave
Dancer,” the contemplative “The Kingsnake & The Rattler,” and the compelling
“Shadows & Moonlight.” “Part of life is figuring out and finding your way,”
says Eason, who wrote and sings lead vocals on “Build Your Wings,” a
cornerstone song of the album. “A few years ago, I got divorced and I had been
speaking with my uncle about it. He actually said that line to me–’Sometimes
you build your wings on the way down’--and I thought it was just perfect.” Even
while “Build Your Wings” finds Eason and company seeking out inner peace on
the contemplative anthem, a kaleidoscope and cascade of spirited sonic punches
and vibrant and vivid harmonies takes charge on this freefalling standout. “Life
has its ups and downs,” adds Williams. “I don’t want to write a song just about
the ups. It’s hard for me to write just about the ups. And if you just write about
the downs without some sort of redemption, it’s easy to get pretty dark and
Throughout, Williams and company are able to add a sense of courage
even when surrounded by turmoil and strife. Songs like the rollicking “The
Conversation” find the Wilder Blue leaning in on the soaring country twang of
the Eagles and incorporating a vocal run interlude that calls back to ‘60s The
Beatles and timeless bluegrass. On songs like “Wave Dancer” and album opener
“Picket Fences”, all five musicians breathe life into tried and true five-part
harmonies that are as mesmerizing as they come. In addition to the powerful
harmonies and sprawling sonic palette, Williams’ knack for five-minute
vignettes is yet another pillar on which Wilder Blue can count. The Wilder Blue
as an album wouldn’t be complete without taking advantage of the strong and
able storytelling arcs of Williams. “With all the tools that we have in our
toolkit, I think there’s still a lot of ground to be covered,” says Williams. “We
haven’t even delved into all of our tools just yet, but we definitely got to go
further down the road with digging into the box for this record.”