2016 Gladden House Sessions: The Wild Reeds

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On this episode of the Gladden House Sessions, check out L.A.-based indie folk outfit The Wild Reeds.

The group, consisting of Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silvia on vocals and lead instruments and backed by Nick Jones and Nick Phakpiseth on drums and bass, craft a sound that could be described as a mix of folk harmonies, country twang and rock ‘n’ roll rhythms. The Wild Reeds’ debut album, Blind and Brave, was self-released in 2014 and brought the band a great deal of recognition and opening positions with several well-known folk artists, such as Noah Gundersen, Langhorne Slim, Della Mae, Run River North, Nathaniel Rateliff, Spirit Family Reunion and Israel Nash. Their most recent release came in May of this year, their Best Wishes EP.

The Wild Reeds started their Gladden House set with “Everything is Better (In Hindsight),” perhaps the most popular track off of the new EP. With just Kinsey, Mackenzie and Sharon on stage, their vocals and harmonies shined above their various instruments and captivated the audience. The next two songs they performed are still unreleased, entitled “The World We Built” and “Run ‘n Hide.” Their lyrics spoke of modern heartbreak, with the unconventional twist of staying strong and moving on in the midst of it. Each song in their set allowed each vocalist to shine, while the others supported with harmonies, keeping the audience mesmerized.

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