These Wild Plains

© Joey Wharton. These Wild Plains is (from L-R) Rob Motes, Ben Vosk, Steve Lord, & Nick Mercado.

It was only a year after the band played their first live show to a sold out Great Scott in Allston, MA, that Esquire Magazine featured them in their “15 Bands to Watch in 2014” feature. They’ve been busy since on the live front as go-to support in Boston for national touring bands like Deer Tick, Futurebirds and The Sadies. The boys capped off 2015 with a Boston Music Award nomination, opening for Evan Dando at his induction into the BMA Hall of Fame. They’ve earned some fantastic looks from festivals and showcases around the

country: Mile of Music ’14 (Appleton, WI), SXSW ’15 (Austin, TX), and most recently Stagecoach Country Music Festival ’16 (Indio, CA.). In 2016, TWP have their sights set on the road in support of their forthcoming full-length “Distant Ways” due out July 22 but not before a string of big hometown Summer showcases at Harpoonfest, the Mass Fallen Heroes Patriotfest at the Blue Hills Bank Pavillion and at Boston Calling. “Old Reasons,” the debut single off of “Distant Ways” is now available for streaming or download via Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.


These Wild Plains hail from Boston, not typically a hotbed of Americana-flavored roots rock. But the quintet will be representing the state of Massachusetts at Stagecoach this year, not Coachella, though they were equally at home playing CMJ.
If you closed your eyes and listened to These Wild Plains you would never, in a million years, expect this sound to come from a Boston band. And that's when you realize the songs, the music and the feeling are a gift - and you never, ever know when life will surprise you. This is a group with boundless country rock charisma..."The more I hear this band play, the more I slip away into another geography, These Wild Plains are making scene-setting music.
If Carrie Underwood is the festival’s beautifully cut, bazillion-karat diamond of a headliner, These Wild Plains are the craggy hunk of coal — husky, raw and waiting for an extraordinary amount of pressure and duress to transform them into something precious. Like Lucero and Chris Stapleton before them, they trade in love songs and grand, spacious sojourns befitting of their name.