Wilder Woods is the new solo project from Bear Rinehart, better known as the frontman of the GRAMMY® nominated, chart-topping band NEEDTOBREATHE. He recently released his debut album, WILDER WOODS. He performed 3 songs from the album on CBS Saturday this past week (“Supply & Demand” / “Light Shine In” / “Someday Soon”).
Bear is about to kick off his headline tour and will be in his hometown of Nashville playing The Basement East on September 19th.
Wilder Woods self-titled debut is a mystifying concoction of classic soul, infectious R&B, and modern alt pop that pairs intimate, introspective lyricism with a self-assured swagger and sophistication. Fueled by stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals, the album explores patience, forgiveness, and self-love in a world that’s woefully short on all three. From the funk infused Marvin Gaye beat down on the opening track, to the haunting ballads echoing the pain of a Michael Kiwanuka, Wilder Woods is a collection of tunes that are as introspective as they are carefree, and as weathered as they are hopeful.
“This music represents a new direction and something totally fresh for me,” writes Bear in his bio, “So I wanted to find a producer that I had never worked with before who could match that energy.” Rinehart found that producer in Gabe Simon, of the Nashville indie-rock band Kopecky.