River Whyless Craft New Song and Music Video in Support of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

January 27, 2017 Nationally acclaimed folk-rock band River Whyless today announce the release of a special new song and music video, which was  inspired by a trip to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in southwestern Wyoming. Through this release, the band, along with a variety of nonprofit partners, intends to generate support for National Wildlife Refuges and other public lands across the country. A portion of the proceeds of song sales will be donated to the National Wildlife Refuge Association to support National Wildlife Refuges across the country.  

“National Wildlife Refuges, along with our state and national parks and forests, are vital parts of our continued effort to preserve America’s natural beauty and essential ecosystems. They also happen to inspire our music,” said River Whyless’ Alex McWalters. 

The song released today, “Hold Me To Ya,” is the result of a collaboration with the nonprofit group Sustain Music and Nature through their Songscapes program. In an effort to access new audiences and support public lands, Songscapes provide musicians with the opportunity to travel into, learn about, and create music inspired by protected landscapes. 

For this most recent Songscape, River Whyless partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend a week enjoying Seedskadee NWR in southwest Wyoming. The refuge protects a vast sagebrush landscape, ribboned by 36 miles of the Green River and the lush riparian areas lining its banks. During their visit, River Whyless experienced the unique beauty of the landscape and the wildlife that call it home, including moose, pronghorn, cutthroat trout and the iconic greater sage-grouse. 

Greater sage-grouse, which have dramatically declined due to the loss of healthy sagebrush habitat, inspired the band to create a new instrument for their Songscape. When listening closely to “Hold Me To Ya”, audiences will hear the sound of the grouse’s display dance mimicked with a mason jar and water.

The stunning beauty of Seedskadee and the band’s songwriting journey were brought to life on film by National Geographic Young Explorer Corey Robinson. The resulting music video is available for streaming on Youtube. Drummer Alex McWalters writes, “We hope the finished product captures the wonder with which it was written, that this particular piece of music inspires others to go outside, to explore this vast and vibrant landscape.”

Major support for this project was provided by CLIF GreenNotes. The organization provides cutting edge information, resources, connections and tools for artists to take action on key sustainability issues.

To learn more about the project, download “Hold Me To Ya”, and make a donation to the National Wildlife Refuge Association, visit the project’s home pagehttp://www.songscape.refugeassociation.org/

Music Video: http://bit.ly/2jRQiid

Landing/Purchase Page: http://bit.ly/2iPRsJy  (songscape.refugeassociation.org)

Sustain Music and Nature Website: http://bit.ly/2iPQYTF

River Whyless Website: http://bit.ly/2jfRgEc

CLIF GreenNotes Website: http://gogreennotes.org/


About River Whyless

“This immensely talented band from Asheville, N.C., was my favorite discovery at this year's Americana Music Festival. River Whyless builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers.” Bob Boilen, NPR

After releasing their acclaimed album We All The Light last year, River Whyless will hit the road for a coast-to-coast headlining tour next month, and also have busy festival schedule that will see them play Bonnaroo, SXSW, Savannah Stopover, Mountain Jam, Hogs For The Cause and Old Settler’s festivals. A full list of tour dates can be found here.

About Sustain Music and Nature

A new nonprofit working to elevate the music industry’s role in promoting environmental responsibility and awareness. Sustain has two programs: Songscapes and Green Roster. Songscapes pair bands with public land areas to create music inspired by protected landscapes. Green Roster is a community of bands, luthiers, and recording studios that pledge to uphold environmental practices in their businesses. Learn more at: http://www.sustainmusicandnature.org

About Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge

The name Seedskadee originated from the Shoshone Indian word "Sisk-a-dee-agie", meaning "river of the prairie hen". Today, the 27,230 acre refuge protects a rich mosaic of riparian, wetland, and upland shrub habitats along 36 miles of the Green River in southwest Wyoming.  The riparian corridor of the Green River is an important migration route and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory waterfowl and passerine bird species.  Many insects, big game, and small mammals can be found on the Refuge as well as resident and migratory birds. More information: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/seedskadee/

About CLIF GreenNotes

GreenNotes provides emerging artists with the tools they need to have an impact on sustainability and environmental justice.

About the National Wildlife Refuge Association:

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries. http://bit.ly/2fLU0eB


For more information on River Whyless, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, rob@rekroommedia.com or 917.703.8361.