These Wild Plains

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

After three years of navigating the American highway system, making pit stops at every truck stop, motel with a number in the name, festival (notably Stagecoach and Boston Calling), and dive bar offering two drink tickets per person, These Wild Plains found themselves at a crossroads. Members came and left, relationships changed, priorities were examined, and much alcohol was consumed. Fortunately, all of the above is notorious for inspiring songwriters to do their job. Instead of succumbing to exhaustion, the band went to work. The end result is the latest addition to the These Wild Plains canon, Thrilled to Be Here.

On Thrilled to Be Here (released September 2019), the boys trade stories of love, death, and the vices they lean on between points A and B. Local watering holes and bad habits that you can’t seem to escape are paid a visit (“Cararro’s Blues” and “Must’ve Rained All Night” respectively) while the legendary duo of love and uncertainty drop in for a beer on “Stick Around”.

Sonically speaking, there is no particular zip code that this record hails from. It’s not quite country, though the fingerprints of that great tradition are all over songs like “The Quitter” and “Cazador”. Calling it rock and roll could be considered lazy, though there’s no other way to describe “It Is What It Is” and “Voices”. Both classifications could serve as a last-ditch home for songs like “Happy Birthday” and “All You Need”, similar to the way the first $49 motel you see off the highway serves as an acceptable place to rest after a fourteen-hour drive on I-40 (see “El Reno” for details).

Familiar might actually be the best way to describe the overall sound of Thrilled To Be Here, but not familiar in the sense that this record is a facsimile of something prior. Thrilled To Be Here is a collection of snapshots and notes from places you may have been before. Consider it a postcard from somewhere along the highway, or in the case of These Wild Plains, a postcard from home.

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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.