The local band Wild Honey has just released their second album, inspired by the band members’ free spirited daughters.
The band, made up by Shelby Knudsen, Jessica Niedermayer and Laura Cain, officially released their new EP ‘Let’s Be Cowboys’, on Oct. 10, according to Knudsen.
It is available on all streaming services, Youtube and Amazon, and will eventually be released on Apple Music.
The six songs are ‘Let’s Be Cowboys’, ‘Fly Angel’, ‘Let it Roll’, ‘Crooked Old World’, ‘Caged Bird’, and ‘Ghosts on George Street’.
According to a bio about the album, the new work is a love letter to their eight daughters, “celebrating their unique strengths and ability to shatter stereotypical female roles expected of them.”
Explaining the theme, Knudsen said it’s inspired by watching the girls grow up and step into their own skin.
“They just have really blazed their own trails,” she said.
“It’s about being your own free spirit.”
The album was recorded and produced by Barney Bentall, who is most famous for his 90s band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. He is also Niedermayer’s father. On top of producing the album, he also contributed his own music to the songs.
Wild Honey has been together for a decade, and released their first album, ‘Distant Skies’, in October 2019.
They started working on ‘Let’s Be Cowboys’ in 2020, and Knudsen said it was a COVID project.
In November, Wild Honey will be accompanying Bentall on tour, and will be playing a few live shows on the coast.
After the tour, they hope to have a local release show at The Arts Station, which is where they celebrated their first album release.
The bio says “The honest, fragile lyrics in songs like ‘Let it Roll’ and ‘Caged Bird’ tenderly highlight the mental health crisis faced by so many after the isolation of the pandemic. ‘Fly Angel’ is a bold and cheeky answer to John Prine’s classic ‘Angel of Montgomery’.
“Overall, the album is a musical promise to hold on – hope is not lost. To quote from track 3, ‘Let it Roll’, “The sun will rise, and time will heal your soul.”’