BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: The Mysterious Wilder Woods’ Soulful New Single ‘Supply & Demand’

 

 

It’s nearly impossible to retain a “hidden” identity in this age of rampant social media saturation and privacy invasion. But a genuinely mysterious artist going by the nom de guerre Wilder Woods stirred up a bit of chatter earlier this spring with a couple of intriguing singles – “Someday Soon” and “Sure Ain’t” – whilst somehow still managing to remain shrouded in secrecy.

But he at last gave up the riddle this past week, as Wilder Woods was in fact revealed to be Bear Rinehart of Needtobreathe. Still and all, the singles keep coming – and latest, “Supply & Demand,” which BlackBook premieres here, is surely the best of them to date.

 

 

A sultry, sensual bit of classic Motown-soul that sounds straight out of 1972, it comes complete with dramatic strings, slinky wah-wah guitar, and an absolutely unstoppable hook. Lyrically, it’s about the healing power of true love – and there’s certainly nothing more we need right now than exactly just that.

“Sometimes the hardest part about loving someone,” he explains, “is knowing what they need when they need it. It sounds a lot simpler than it is, but ‘Supply & Demand’ is a classic love song about figuring out what that is. It might be something romantic, or a lot of times in my case, it starts with doing something selfless.“

 

 

The trio of tracks are teasers for what will be his eagerly awaited debut album, due out August 9 via Atlantic. In the meantime, we have the exclusive announcement of a 27-date North American and European tour, stretching the length of September and October, dates below.

“You always hear about bands ‘finding’ their sound,” WW/BR says of the upcoming album. “I don’t know if I really understood how difficult, but important, that journey really is until I went on it myself.  We ended up with a record that weaves its way between the classic soul artists that I love and a more modern, alternative way of producing them. You can certainly hear influences from Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley, all the way to The Temptations and even Springsteen – but I’m proud of how different it actually is from all those things.”

As well he should be.

 

 Wilder Woods on Tour

September

5              Toronto, ON                       Mod Club
7              Philadelphia, PA                World Café Live
8              Cambridge, MA                 The Sinclair
9              Brooklyn, NY                      Music Hall of Williamsburg
11           Washington, DC                9:30 Club
13           Raleigh, NC                         Lincoln Theatre
14           Charlotte, NC                     The Underground
15           Birmingham, AL                WorkPlay Theatre
18           Atlanta, GA                         Terminal West
19           Nashville, TN                      The Basement East
23           Chicago, IL                           Metro
24           Minneapolis, MN             Fine Line Music Café
25           Madison, WI                       Majestic Theatre
27           Lawrence, KS                     The Granada Theater
28           Omaha, NE                          Slowdown
30           Denver, CO                         Bluebird Theater

October

2              Salt Lake City, UT              Metro Music Hall
4              Portland, OR                       Hawthorne Theatre
6              San Francisco, CA             The Independent
7              West Hollywood, CA       Troubador
20           Hamburg, DE                      Hakken
21           Cologne, DE                        Helios 37
23           Paris, FR                               1999 Club
24           Amsterdam, NL                 Paradiso
25           Glasgow, UK                       King Tuts
27           Manchester, UK                Deaf Institute
28           London, UK                         Camden Assembly
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