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River Whyless included in No Depression's Six Roots Artists Breaking Out In 2017 Posted on February 13th, 2017

River Whyless have been featured in No Depression's list of Six Roots Artists Breaking Out In 2017! You can read their feature below, or check out the full piece here.

The band will be embarking on their first headlining tour for We All The Light this Spring. To see a list of dates and purchase tickets, head to


"River Whyless is a four-piece band formed in Boone, North Carolina, in 2006 (then called Do it to Julia), and includes Ryan O'Keefe (vocals, guitar), Halli Anderson (vocals, violin), Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals), and Alex McWalters (drums). They have two albums under their belt: A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door (2012) and We All the Light (2016). After graduating from Appalachian State University, they moved to Asheville and have played numerous festivals, relentlessly toured the Southeast, worked odd jobs, built a home studio, lost a van, bought a new one, and toured the Southeast again, where they are well-known and highly regarded.

Their music has been called folk, nature-pop, and baroque pop. Utah writer Scott Stroud describes them as “an eclectic fusion of retirees, back-to-the-land hippies, tourists, and natives to the region ... , blending American and international influences into a dreamy, spiritual mixture ... combining bluegrass-inflected harmonies with gorgeously adventurous fiddle-playing and guitar to create a distinctive vibe that will ring familiar bells without sounding quite like any of them.”

But they will not remain 'emerging' for long, as on February 15 the rest of the country will see what the fuss is all about when they kick off an ambitious 10-week tour. It begins in Kentucky, and takes them from New York City to the West Coast with many stops in between. It that were not enough, they’ll also drop by SXSW, and in the summer, Bonnaroo. They also did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert last year. During the next few months they will undoubtedly be playing somewhere near you, so after checking out that Desk Concert, I am sure you’ll want to get out of the house and catch them live."