Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Smith’s unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice go hand in hand with The Wild Hearts raw energy making this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities to suggest that a future on the airwaves is in the making. With over 500 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival), a Fall 2013 Australia Tour and upcoming headlining shows at the prestigious State Theatre in Culpeper, VA; Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts have proven themselves to be studio journeymen and road tested workhorses that are ready for a national debut with the pending release of their next full length studio effort, ‘These American Hearts’, due out in late August 2014.
Special Opening Guest: Krista Polvere
Alternative Country singer songwriter Krista Polvere was raised playing shows around the small bars and clubs in Adelaide.
In 2005 Polvere moved to Melbourne for its live music culture then venturing to New York City to experience where the heart of the folk scene began. Polvere is noted to be a huge Dylan fan and was mesmerized by the history of the music scene in NYC. Soon after arriving, Polvere was introduced to Jon Graboff of The Cardinals, which led to her meeting with Ryan Adams, with whom she co-wrote tracks for her debut album ‘Here Be Dragons’.
Recording ‘Here Be Dragons’ in Kingston, New York, with Grammy Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn, Polvere had Adams play guitar and piano on her album. Directly after finishing the recording process, Polvere moved back to Australia to release the debut album in 2008.
Polvere was instantly compared to musicians such as; Nick Drake and Mazzy Star and throughout the years has ventured off on tour with the likes of Steve Earle, Ron Sexsmith, Aqualung and Ryan Adams & the Cardinals.
Through an introduction from a good friend, Polvere started talking production ideas for her second record with Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) and his long-time friend/music collaborator Anthony Arvizu. Marc and Anthony have co-produced two of Ryan Bingham’s records and Marc, of course is world renowned for his outstanding guitar playing and style.
It was clear that the teaming of Polvere with Ford and Arvizu was a powerful creative match. Marc’s purist approach meant that the album was recorded live in their Long Beach Californian studio, The Compound, working within a tight timeframe of 3 weeks for recording and mixing. The result of this is ‘Reservoir Drive’.
‘Reservoir Drive’ once again showcases Polvere’s song writing ability and vocal styling’s, while developing a deeper mix of genre pooling than displayed within her debut release.