River Whyless have shared an evocative cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “It Ain’t Me Babe.” The band’s interlocking harmonies serve Dylan’s devastating lyrics well, blending the tenderness and grit this beloved song contains. The band kick off an East Coast tour tonight, including a key play in Brooklyn on September 22 at Rough Trade with The Dead Tongues. The full list of dates is below.
River Whyless’ interpretation came to be in bits and pieces of in-between time on tour. The band elaborate, “A verse would materialize in the green room before a show, the chorus murmured idly as we loaded the van. Our finished rendition seemed to happen organically, almost unintentionally, which is how we wish all songs could enter our repertoire — as a deceptively effortless aspect of our ongoing self-discovery.” Today’s release is a precious peek into River Whyless’ quieter moments, an artifact of candid times behind the scenes of their evolving music career. “In all stages, and even before we started singing it, the song maintained its relation to us; beautiful, brilliant, sad. It has always served as a kind of consolation in our struggle to be the lovers, children and companions we aspire, but sometimes fail to be.”
River Whyless are an accomplished folk-rock outfit from Asheville, North Carolina. Their dynamic songwriting, heartfelt lyricism, tingling harmonies, and genre-bending sonic style have earned an international audience over the course of three full-length albums, most recently the politically charged and critically acclaimed Kindness, A Rebel. The foursome have performed to adoring crowds in historic theaters, selective NPR showcases, rock clubs and tastemaker festivals like Newport Folk alike — always with the same on-stage ingenuity that reaches and transforms first time listeners into lifelong fans.
Sept. 18 | Burlington, VT at ArtsRiot
Sept. 19 | Concord, NH at Bank of New Hampshire Stage
Sept. 20 | Providence, RI at Columbus Theatre
Sept. 21 | Norfolk, CT at Infinity Hall
Sept. 22 | Brooklyn, NY at Rough Trade
Sept. 23 | Sellersville, PA at Sellersville Theater 1894
Sept. 25 | Charlottesville, VA at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall
Sept. 26 | Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall
Sept. 27 | Mills River, NC at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Sept. 28 | Greenville, SC at The Radio Room
Sept. 29 | West Columbia, SC at The New Brookland Tavern
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