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blog posted 11.30.16

Guest Post by "A Beer With the Band" -Kristen Mitchell

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Meet Kristen Mitchell. A very cool twenty-something whom I’ve known for awhile, she’s as obsessed with music as I am, and we often hang together at live shows, discussing the newest artists on our radar. She loves to interview artists and bands, her style is casual and authentic, as is mine. Her blog is called A BEER WITH THE BAND and I’ve invited her to be a guest blogger on Valslist. She recently interviewed one of my house concert artists, William Wild, an indie-rock band from Knoxville. Check it out and welcome Kristen!

HAVE A BEER WITH WILLIAM WILD:

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William Wild is the moniker of 25-year-old singer-songwriter Garrett Sale. Born and raised at the foothill of the Appalachian Mountains in Knoxville, Tenn, Garrett began to pursue music while attending college. It was there that Garrett worked on his first collection of recordings with Knoxville friends and fellow musicians, eventually releasing a self-titled LP under the name “William Wild” (the nickname of a local homeless man).

Garrett then embarked on a solo journey through Europe, where he wrote four of the six songs on his 2016 EP, Steady Now. Hazy guitars, dusty keys and blurry pedal steel illuminate the recordings on the EP, which No Depression describes as “a straight-ahead purity of heart tangled up by loss, despair, hope and love.”

Last May, William Wild graced the stage at Schubas and performed an Audiotree session, and on his most recent visit to Chicago, he played a Val’s List house concert and opened for indie-folk Trio Joseph at Lincoln Hall. We caught up with him pre-show at LH to discuss his hometown of Knoxville, goals for his studio there, and how he plans to spend time post-tour.

THE SETUP:
Drinks of Choice: IPAs and Bourbon
The Gig: Joseph with William Wild // Oct. 27, 2016 // Lincoln Hall

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original by Edith Piaf

cover by Logan Brill

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