By K.W. Poole c 2017 for WMMW
WILDWOOD is as beautiful and unique as her name. Her new release is as colorful and ominous as the moon it refers to, and as bittersweet as the uncertainties of love in lyrics. She chose Moonrise for her first release as it is inspired by her Appalachian roots. Roots she is proud to be a part of as they are the sound and soul of the Carter legacy. Her name, like her music, is lifted from that historically artistic familial origin. “Wildwood” comes from the Carter family song recorded in 1928 Wildwood Flower (Irving and Webster.) A song first recorded by her Great Uncle A.P. Carter with his wife, Sara, and her cousin Maybelle. When asked why she chose this beautiful name, WILDWOOD’s response is an organic combination of storytelling and thematic approach:
“The lyrics are melancholy and remind me of Appalachia. The story is:
‘There is a flower in the Wildwood that is loved and promised to be loved. Then one day love leaves and she is left sad and neglected.”
She points out the name also alludes to the “darker side of life,” which is the theme of her present project.
WILDWOOD partnered with South X Sea two years ago, writing and recording new material with Producer Brandon Metcalf. The new project consists of five songs, each of which will be released as singles throughout 2017. Friday, February 10th the project kicks off with the release of Moonrise.
WILDWOOD was influenced in her earlier years by legendary musicians. June Carter Cash was her grandmother’s first cousin. Lucky for Wildwood her grandmother and June were also best friends. June and John (Cash) were a part of her childhood. But, they were not the only musical influences in her life…
“Moonrise” is hauntingly beautiful, and though dark in nature, it is contagious. There are hints of Sarah McLachlan and Alison Krauss in the lyrics and music; two artists whom WILDWOOD is inspired by and has the potential to emulate.
This Harvard Graduate has an extensive educational and diplomatic background. She founded a nonprofit organization – 3 Chords – in 2016 to teach refugee youth to express themselves in songwriting.
Moonrise – a juxtaposition of haunting and hopeful – fills the lyrics and melody with resounding notes of faithful love and broken hearts. This single is sure to capture the Nashville scene with a refreshing take on a legendary family.
For more about WILDWOOD and her answers to The Nashville 7 please read the full article in the upcoming CRS print issue to hit newsstands everywhere…
Check out WILDWOOD: Website: sheiswildwood.com Instagram: @sheiswildwood
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