River Whyless continues to color outside the lines with their third release, Kindness, A Rebel. Parts of their folkish sound can still be attributed to their residence in the bustling Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, but there is more to River Whyless than that now. In 2018, the group has taken to using their music as a vessel to tackle the heavy topics they’ve seen play out in American culture. Themes of humility and how kindness and conviction can work to start a more constructive conversation.
Of course, the music is still great. Heavenly backing vocals act as a welcome compliment to their ever present reverb-laden guitars and fast-paced banjo leads. Before playing ACL Live last week, the band stopped by Studio 1A, which you can listen to in the player below.