There’s a band coming to town at the end of the month you should make time to see. River Whyless, who will play a show as part of Music on Maxwell’s spring series, is an American Folk band out of Asheville, North Carolina.
The band formed in 2011 and first recorded an album called “A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door” in 2012, and the unique ensemble has quickly found a following with lovers of roots-rock, alternative and folk music.
Halli Anderson and Ryan O’Keefe are the lead songwriters and singers of this band that has a little bit of an Appalachian, retro sound. Halli and Ryan blend beautifully in harmonies on several of the band’s songs, including “Life Crisis” and “Sailing Away.”
If you enjoy music by artists such as Gillian Welch or Nickel Creek, then this upcoming show is one you need to see.
The band also includes Alex McWalters, on percussion, and Daniel Shearin. It seems there aren’t many instruments Daniel doesn’t play. His talents include cello, keyboard, banjo, bass and even harmonium (that’s a fancy word for “pump organ”).
Percussionist McWalters said the band’s influences include some folks they’ve toured with, such as Horse Feathers and Blind Pilot. What are the songs he enjoys performing the most with River Whyless?
“We all get pretty excited when it comes time to perform ‘All Day All Night,’” McWalters said. It’s such a lively, driving song that’s really fun and satisfying to play.”
One song, titled “Airline to Heaven,” is a modern Gospel song that is uplifting and unpretentious.
Music on Maxwell takes place at 146 Maxwell Ave. in Greenwood. River Whyless will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30.
Tickets are $20 and can be bought by calling 864-227-1188 or visiting musiconmaxwell.com/tickets.